Pre Op Guide Tummy Tuck/Lipo:
Surgeon: Dr. Victor Ramirez - Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico
Make Sure Our Doctors Are Aware Of ALL Medications You Are Currently Taking**
(Over-The-Counter As Well As Any Prescription Drugs).
• Do - Take a daily quality multivitamin such as Centrum that includes 100% of your daily needs for all vitamins and minerals, including iron. You will need to continue taking the multivitamin for one full month after your surgery to help your abdominoplasty recovery.
• Do - Stop taking herbal supplements. Just as the substances mentioned in #2 above can interfere with clotting and can thin the blood, so can many herbal supplements before getting a tummy tuck. Additionally, herbal products can negatively affect your blood pressure or could cause complications with anesthesia. Supplements known to have these effects include ginger, garlic, and Ginko Biloba.
• Do - Discontinue any weight loss pills (herbal or synthetic), even if they are prescribed to you. Diet pills and herbal weight loss aids (including weight loss teas) can adversely affect you during surgery and can alter your body’s clotting ability, heart rate, breathing, or blood pressure.
• Do - Stop smoking at least two weeks before getting a tummy tuck and preferably sooner than that. Smoking directly affects the body’s ability to heal because it reduces blood flow to the skin and can seriously impede healing after surgery. Patients are asked NOT to smoke again after surgery to get the best tummy tuck results.
• Do - Tell us everything that you are currently taking so that we can assess which medications will need to be halted before getting a tummy tuck to help you have a safe surgery and the very best post-op tummy tuck results.
• Do - Stop taking other prescription medications including:
SSRI medications such as Luvox, Celexa, Paxil, Zoloft, Lexapro, and Prozac.
TCA medications such as Amitriptyline and Nortriptyline.
Anti-depressants such as Effexor, Cymbalta, and Wellbutrin
• Do Not - Take megadoses of any vitamin, especially vitamin E. We ask that you make sure that your multivitamin contains 100% of your daily need for vitamin E and that you do not take more than that.
• Do Not - Take any medications containing aspirin or salicylic acid, naproxen/naproxen sodium, or ibuprofen. This includes Alka-Seltzer, Excedrin, Dristan, Darvon, Ascription, Percodan, Emprin, Motrin, Midol, Advil, Aleve, Naprosyn, or Naproxen. These medications thin the blood and prevent the body from being able to clot properly. You will be prescribed narcotic painkillers after your procedure and can take extra strength Tylenol (acetaminophen) after that because it is safe for both pre-op and post-op patients.
One Week Prior To Getting A Tummy Tuck:
• Yes - Some patients on certain medications may be advised to continue taking them for up to one week prior to surgery and to resume taking them again after one week post-op.
• Do - Wash your body for at least 7 days prior to surgery with an antibacterial soap to kill germs. The soap should be in liquid form without moisturizers such as Safeguard, Dial, or Lever2000. Bar soap can be a breeding ground for bacteria on the surface of the soap. Do not wash with wash cloths; use your hands.
• Do - Call our office if you develop an illness such as a cold or the flu. Also call us if you get an infection of any kind including boils, pus-filled sores or a rash with open sores; we may need to postpone your procedure until you are healthy again.
• Do - Make sure you have already pre-arranged for an adult to drive you to and from the procedure as well as stay with you for at least 24 hours afterward. We can arrange for you to be picked up from home and dropped off by our driving service if you need, but please note you will still need an adult at home to care for you for the first 24 hours. Patients CANNOT be left alone for the first 24 hours after surgery.
• Do - Let us know if you are planning to stay somewhere other than home after surgery. We will need to know what telephone number to call when we check in on you after surgery.
• Do Not - Consume any alcoholic drinks.
• Do Not - Take any over-the-counter medications unless you first clear them with us. Tylenol is OK.
Night Before Getting A Tummy Tuck:
• If you have been cleared to take medications, find out from us when you can take them since you are less than 24 hours away from having surgery. Some patients will be asked to skip their dose prior to getting a tummy tuck.
• Shower and wash with antibacterial soap. This will help to further decrease the risk for infection after surgery.
• During your pre-op appointment you will already have been given a prescription for Keflex, an antibiotic, to be taken the day prior to surgery. You will take one pill twice a day for 5 days, beginning today.
• Dr. Asare and Dr. Diktaban ask that you take Arnika Forte to help you heal after surgery and give you the best tummy tuck results. We will provide you with the tablets on the day of the procedure.
• Do Not - Eat or drink anything after midnight, PREFERABLE FASTING AT 9:00PM if you are undergoing general anesthesia for your procedure.
Morning of surgery:
• Do - Shower and wash with antibacterial soap. Shampoo your hair. This will help to reduce the chances of a post-operative infection and increase the chances of excellent tummy tuck results.
• Do - Wear glasses (bring your case) instead of contact lenses.
• Do - Remove your wrist watch as well as all of your jewelry and piercings. We will tape up your wedding band.
• Do - Wear something loose and comfortable for after your tummy tuck. Jeans are an example of what NOT to wear. Elastic waist pants or yoga pants are an example of a GOOD thing to wear. Shirts should be button down so that you won’t have to lift your arms or stretch to get dressed. Slip on shoes or house slippers are best.
• Yes - You may eat a light breakfast or snack up to 3 hours prior to your procedure, if you are having local anesthetic.
• We can arrange for you to be picked up from and taken back home after your procedure. However, please note that we do not allow patients to leave in a cab, on a bus or on the subway after surgery.
• When you arrive at our facility, you will be given pain medication to take home after getting a tummy tuck.
• Do - Take Arnika Forte (one capsule twice daily for 5 days starting today) and your antibiotic as prescribed.
• Do Not - Use any products on your skin, hair or body including deodorant, face cream, body lotion, make-up or lip gloss, perfume/cologne or hair styling products.
For best results after getting a tummy tuck, review our post-operative instructions. If you have questions or concerns at any time, contact Alex Gaitan via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Surgeon: Dr. Victor Ramirez - Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico