One of the common procedures surgeons are performing today is abdominoplasty, more commonly known as a “tummy tuck.” There are a few things you should know about the procedure and what you should do to prepare yourself for a successful surgery.
First of all, educate yourself on what will happen, when it will happen, and why. Discuss it with your doctor so that you understand what is being done. You don’t want to have any anxiety or questions surrounding your surgery after you have already decided to go through with it. If you are nervous or stressed, the surgery will have less chance of success.
Take your time getting used to the idea and address your fears before your appointment. Things will go much smoother if you prepare strategically. If you are a smoker, quit! Resign yourself to the fact that after you are through with the surgery, maybe you will allow yourself to smoke again. This habit will slow down the healing process and you could develop necrosis. In addition, the scars from your tummy tuck will take longer to heal, which will make them larger. If you end up developing necrosis, you will require additional operations, during which you will lose tissue and skin. Quitting is the best thing you can do to avoid this terrible outcome.
Make a list of the things you will need when you return home from your surgery. Your doctor will let you know what you will need, including things like cold compresses, gauze, and antibacterial soap. Here are some things you might want to take care of before you have the surgery.
- Clean your house
- Do all your laundry
- Take care of all pressing bills and errands
- Cook and freeze the food you will want to eat when you come home
- Have entertainment such as movies, books, and videogames ready
- Purchase weekly pill cases in preparation for your recovery medication
- Purchase a laptop or hand-held game system
- Have someone else watch your pets
- Purchase a big comfy recliner or LOTS of big, fluffy pillows
- Put a bucket next to your bed in case you get sick
- Use a nightlight, so you don’t run into things on the way to the bathroom
There are many things you can do to make sure your time in recovery is comfortable. If you know someone who has had a similar procedure – or any surgical procedure for that matter – you may want to ask what they used to help them. No matter what, try to cover all your bases and don’t worry if something is forgotten. Most importantly, surround yourself with supportive friends and family who will help you during your recovery.