Using this time to prepare for surgery

So, your surgery has been rescheduled. The only solace is that you are not alone, and you know rescheduling was the right thing amidst the pandemic.

Still, you had your mind set on it, time off from work, post-operative care planned, ice packs in the freezer, comfy propped pillows ready for your resting time. You were mentally prepared and excited.  You were getting that long-anticipated facelift, tummy tuck, breast augmentation or eyelid surgery. What can you do now, during this downtime? Well, there’s a lot you can do.

Using this time to prepare for your future surgery date can put you at a huge advantage for and healthy recovery.  Here’s how:

  1. Exercise. Your overall health is crucial to surgery recovery. Use this time to continue or ramp up your workout regime. It can be as simple as a walk as the weather warms up or one of the many online exercise video options being offered.
  2. Stop smoking. Dr. Wojtanowski already requires his patients to stop smoking prior to surgery but now you can give it your full attention. It’s not just smoking cigarettes either that can have adverse effects on your surgery recovery. According the American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS) nicotine in all forms can have a negative impact on your recovery. This includes nicotine in all forms such as gum, patches, snuff, chewing tobacco, cigarettes, pipes, cigars, and even trendy e-cigarettes. Take a moment to read a very informative article about how nicotine can truly sabotage your plastic surgery recovery. Click here for article
  3. Healthy Diet. Now is the time to revamp your diet. Reduce processed food and sodium and load up on healthier choices packed with fruits and vegetables.
  4. Hydrate. Pay attention to your water intake. You need to be hydrated and stay hydrated.
  5. Sleep well. Recharge as part of your pre-surgery health plan.

If you have any questions about preparing yourself prior to your surgery, reach out to us at info@ohioclinic.com. We will be happy to answer your questions.

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