Recovery is the hardest part of any surgery. Taking precautions before the surgery can help minimize the discomfort experienced after the surgery and have you on your way to feeling great!
After consulting with Dr. Graivier and his team for specific instructions, use these steps to help your recovery from surgery be as quick and painless as possible.
Stop smoking and drinking alcohol about three weeks prior to your surgery. Smoking can limit blood flow to all areas of your body, slowing down your body’s ability to heal. Drinking alcohol can affect your immune system making you more vulnerable to illness and more susceptible to bleeding.
Additionally, check with Dr. Graivier about any medications you’re taking – both over-thecounter and prescription – to make sure they will not negatively affect you or the healing process. Avoid taking blood thinners, ibuprofen and anti-inflammatory medications as well as certain vitamins.
Start (or continue) your healthy diet to boost your immune system. Add a serving of fruits, vegetables and protein to each meal and minimize sodium, which can increase swelling. Consume plenty of iron and Vitamins A and C, but eliminate Vitamin E. You may also begin taking a multivitamin (consult with a nurse in our office to make sure it is acceptable). Additionally, make sure the foods you’re eating do not contain salicylates, which can affect the blood and cause excessive bruising.
Relax. Begin to relieve yourself from all stress and pressure. Stock your kitchen, have your house cleaned, pick up all medications and pay bills that will be coming up around the time of your surgery. You will also need to prepare a ride to and from The Graivier Center and have someone available to care for you for at least 24 hours after the surgery. The best thing to do after surgery is to rest and recover fully.
As you enter the doors to The Graivier Center, you’ll be greeted with a smile by our team. You’re prepared and ready! It’s time to begin your exciting journey toward the new you.
We are excited to see you soon!