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11 supplies to get before your rhinoplasty

  • 2 years ago

When you leave the hospital or doctor's surgical suite after your rhinoplasty, you won't exactly be in the mood to run to Walgreen's or the bookstore, so you're going to want to have everything you need on hand for a restful recovery.

Here's a list of some stuff you should consider buying now:

1. Prescriptions. Fill ahead of time and take them with you to the hospital. You'll want access to your pain meds when you need them (which could be as soon as the ride home).

2. Paper and pen to write down when you've taken what medications. It's amazing how easily you can forget when your brain is still hazy post-op.

3. Lip balm. This is so crucial! You're going to have dry mouth and lips like you've never had before.

4. Plenty of beverages. You might get tired of water, so consider stocking up on juice, Gatorade, and flavored water.

5. U-shaped travel pillow. This is will come in handy for keeping your head positioned as you rest and sleep.

6. Frozen peas or berries. Ask your surgeon about this, but if they want you to ice, frozen produce works great (make sure to clean bag with alcohol and/or wrap in towel before applying to your face).

7. Thermometer. You're going to want a thermometer to keep tabs on your temp. If you start getting chills, you need to check if you have a fever and, if so, report it to your doctor right away.

8. Laxative/stool softener. Those pain meds can do crazy things to your digestive system. Trust us on this one.

9. Magazines/books/movies/other amusements. Recovery can get boring, so make sure to have lots of reading and watching material handy.

10. Humidifier. This can really help with dry mouth and lips, especially in winter.

11. Saltines and a water bottle so you can take your pain meds on the way home from surgery if necessary.

Do the legwork now, and when you're done with surgery, you can focus on resting and healing.

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This is great thank you. Actually I went and picked up a cute u shape pillow from $5 below. I'll see how it holds up, if it doesn't work I'll just give it to one of my daughters and buy another one, thanks again
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Great List ! Very helpful !
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Love all this advice! My list keeps getting longer and longer lol! Can never be too prepared, right? :) surgery is 2 weeks away!
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Thank great to know:)
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Thanks for your reply:)! I am married so my husband will be helping me and Friday he will be in day care as well the following week. I imagine I will not be able to pick him up for the first couple of days after surgery. Did they say anything to you about lifting? I will also be asking my mom who lives local to help out a bit.
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Jealous! I want a husband!!! Lol! My doctor said not to lift more than 5 or 10 pounds, don't remember which it was. Also, don't bend over. If you have to pick something up, squat so you don't lower your head.
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I have my surgery this coming Thursday and am concerned about my ability to care for my two year old son in the first few days following my surgery. Any advice? Thanks!
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U will be too drowsy from painkillers to function. Hire a nanny/baby sitter or see if a family member can help you! Pick up food or anything your son will need in advance
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Its funny how you prepare for something and then everything changes when you are in the situation!. I was so sure I would ice every half hour so I wouldn't swell. That went out the window! I was exhausted and really sick so I didn't want to do anything! I lived for straws and the first couple of days all I could stomach was coconut water. I brought all this spiralina and just threw it up. I didn't need vasaline as much as I thought I would. I would have to say the absolute necessary thing is... U-Shaped pillow! Having someone remember and write down what meds you take is also helpful. all the days seemed to morph together
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LOL, I bought tons of veggies to juice and my favourite things were canned chicken w rice soup and popscicles . Not something I would normally eat
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Biotene moisturizing mouth wash!!! Your mouth is so dry until you can breath through your nose
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Cough drops and arnica would be good additions to this
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Arnica Cream for sure! I believe has helped SO much with my bruising. I was extremely surprised how quickly they healed when I started applying the cream (3x a day) to the area under my eyes and it's soothing. I took the Arnica tablets as well, but my doctor told me he thinks cream works better directly on the bruising/ swelling. Stock up on something with substance but is quick to eat like yogurt or banannas (cut up), in case you have to take pain med in the middle of the night or early morning. If I didn't eat before I took them I felt really sick so it was easy having something you could quickly eat. A good moisturizer. Depending on how badly your face swells, your skin may tighten and it can start peeling a little. Drink tons of water! Comfortable clothes or pj's that button or zip down the front and/or wide neck clothes. Guaze and medical tape if you don't have packing and have to have that under your nose the first couple of days. Extra Strength Tylenol in case you don't want to take the heavy duty pain pills. multi vitamin's and vitiamin C Also, my smoothie maker was my best friend!
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Bromelain is great along with the arnica. I used it before for surgery and swelling & bruising were so minimal...I thought I was ready for work 2 days later.
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Yeah facewipes for sure. For the first two weeks I never felt my face was really clean. You can't give it a good old scrub- even now five weeks post-op.
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My doctor said its perfectly fine to scrub my nose hard, but somehow that just doesn't seem realistic! It would hurt! I am so pimply!
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do not use straw for drinking as many people advice !!
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also no crunchy food !
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Why no straw? I only use straws now.!8 am terrified of my nose hitting the cup
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OMG I wish someone warned me about that!!! Crunchy food made my nose vibrate/pulsate and I couldn't taste anything anyway!
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I made a post where I made my own shopping list if you'd guys want to get an idea or add something to the list. http://www.realself.com/review/tx-rhinoplasty-prep-shopping-list
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Def yogurt so no yeast infections from the antibiotics! Face/body wipes, arnica, q tips, peroxide, Chapstick and straws.
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Very good list.
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15. Fro-yo, ice cream, or sorbet--very soothing after the breathing tube comes out and your throat is hurting the first couple days.

16. Disposable pre-moistened face wipes--helpful for getting the grease off/generally freshening up since you can't wash your face

17. Bendy straws
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Things I'd recommend to get before surgery:
A cold weather mask helps to wear this especially @ night. Arnica Gel-this is a must have! Arnica dissolvable tablets Throat spray/drops Plenty of q-tips/peroxide Ice pack with sleeve to wrap over face. Plenty of pillows so you can sleep @ least at a 45* angle A humidifier and good old H20 nearby with a bendy straw Vasoline/Chapstick
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