Consultation to Recovery: The Step by Step Guide
Posted November 5, 2018 in Prepare for Surgery
If you have been contemplating cosmetic surgery, you probably have a few questions about the process. Dr. Grotting and Dr. Cohn want to provide all of the information you need to prepare for any cosmetic surgery from the initial consultation to recovery.
The first step is to research qualified, accredited, and reputable plastic surgeons. Make a list of one or more surgeons you are interested in visiting. Looking at before and after photos on the surgeon’s website will help you get a clear picture of achievable results.
Scheduling a Consultation
The initial consultation is an integral part of your decision. We hope that you choose to schedule a consultation with one of our knowledgeable and gifted doctors. At Grotting & Cohn Plastic Surgery, your surgeon will discuss the best ways to correct and enhance the area of your body that causes concern. They will go over your medical history, perform an examination and take photos to help demonstrate the outcome you can expect. Feel comfortable to bring up any questions or concerns you might have during this consultation. Most patients bring a list of questions they feel are the most important to have answered. These might include the following:
- Am I a good candidate for the procedure?
- What are the risks and potential complications?
- What can I do to minimize the risks and complications?
- How long will the surgery take?
- Where will the surgery take place?
- What will the recovery period be like?
- How long will the recovery take?
After the consultation with the doctor, you will meet with the patient care coordinator. The patient care coordinator will go over your surgical options, costs, and available surgery dates. If you smoke or are an avid drinker, you will be asked to stop completely at this time. Smoking, consuming alcohol, and certain prescriptions can affect the length of time before your procedure can be scheduled and affect your surgical outcome.
How to Prep During the Weeks Before Your Surgery
As you wait for your surgery date to arrive, you might start to feel excited and maybe even a little nervous; that feeling is perfectly normal. Our office staff is here to put your mind at ease. Feel free to call with any questions that may arise. Make sure you follow any instructions given to you by our doctors or patient care coordinator. Some of these might include:
- A physical exam performed by your primary doctor
- Having blood work or other tests needed prior to surgery
- Stopping any blood-thinning or other medications
- Taking time off work
- Arranging transportation to and from the hospital
- Filling prescriptions for after surgery
- Scheduling your first follow-up appointment
Some personal matters to complete before surgery might include:
- Scheduling time off work
- Making child care arrangements
- Filling your pantry or scheduling meal deliveries
- Setting up a convenient recovery area in your home
- Giving your caregiver detailed instructions of the care you will need
- Make a list of items to pack if your procedure requires an overnight stay
The Day Before
The day before surgery you will be given your scheduled time for surgery. Make sure your after surgery care plan is in place. Confirm the time you requested off from work and any child care arrangements. Check in with the person who is providing transportation to and from your surgery location. Depending on the procedure you chose and the recovery time needed, having healthy snacks, pre-prepped meals, or scheduled meal delivery can be a big help.
You will want to have your prescriptions filled, along with any comfort or medical supplies you might need during recovery. If placed under general anesthesia, you will be instructed not to eat or drink 8 to 12 hours before your surgery. Don’t forget to pack a bag if your surgery requires an overnight hospital or hotel stay. Now relax, you are ready for the big day!
Your surgery day has arrived! In all the excitement it is possible to forget even the smallest of tasks. Here are some essential things you will want to keep in mind before you go in for your surgery:
- Take a shower before you leave. You may have special instructions on the use of a special disinfecting soap.
- Don’t wear any makeup or apply deodorant.
- Wear loose-fitting clothes.
- Do not eat or drink, even gum or mints should be avoided.
- Bring your overnight bag, if needed.
- Bring any information or lists your caregiver might need.
Once at the hospital or surgery center, you will check in and finish any necessary paperwork. Your surgeon will meet with you to readdress recovery procedures, discuss any final details, and answer any questions you might have. Then you will change into your hospital gown, and prepare for surgery. The length of your surgery will depend on the type of procedure and amount of correction needed. Preparation and knowing what to expect throughout the process will put you on the path to recovery and the best possible results!!
To determine if you need plastic surgery, call our office at (205) 930-1600 or schedule a consultation with us online today!