Breast augmentation, nose surgery or even a tummy tuck are all surgical procedures that ultimately alter one’s body for the better. It therefore makes sense to take into account a few preparatory measures. These may include giving up some habits, altering your diet and adopting one or two activities may not have thought about. That way, you can go through whichever surgical procedure your healthcare provider recommends and heal faster with minimal or no pain at all. You only have to consider the following tips.
Plan Everything While You’re Still Healthy
Make plans while you’re still healthy. This will give your immune system an easy time during recovery. Then remember it is not just about your health. Making plans early in advance while you’re still healthy is also a smart move as far as money is concerned. Note too that surgeons are usually in demand and busy. It may be 4 or even 5 weeks from the time you call or mail before a brief consultation appointment is available. Patience is therefore critical. It will be worth the wait in the long run.
How else will you get enough essential nutrients? Supplement your regular meals before and after surgery with vitamins A, C, Selenium, Copper and Zinc. Each of these nutrients plays a vital role in wound healing and building a strong immune system. Consuming them in plenty before and after surgery can reduce chances of infection, prepare your body for invasive procedures and keep you strong in general. The aforementioned nutrients are especially important for procedures like facelift, liposuction or even tummy tuck.
Discontinue Some Supplements
This applies to some prescription medications as well. You may therefore have to keep in touch with your doctor or physician to know which supplements and prescription drugs you should discontinue before and after your surgery. This is important because some nutritional supplements may cause undesired or adverse reactions during or after your surgery. Such reactions may include interference with anesthesia, prolonged bleeding and cardiovascular disturbances.
This will expedite the healing process and reduce any discomfort. Water is especially vital before surgery as fluid intake will be significantly reduced during surgery. To avoid any form of complication, avoid drinking anything before going to the theatre unless you have the permission of your surgeon.
Use Probiotics With Antibiotics
There is a reason why antibiotics are routinely prescribed following surgical procedures. They simply ward of infection. But while they’re beneficial, overreliance on them can easily cause digestive problems. To avoid such setbacks, take probiotics with antibiotics. Then while at it, keep off anything that is laced with aspirin. Aspirin, as your doctor will tell you, is rich in blood thinners, commonly referred to as anti-coagulants.
Talk To Your Surgeon
Your surgeon should be part of your healing after surgery. In other words, you should keep him or her informed about any changes you experience. Do not assume or ignore anything you find unusual. Lastly, do not skip your medication, avoid smoking or indulging and alcohol and most importantly, avoid stress.
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