Liposuction is a surgical procedure and as such requires preparation and precautions to ensure the safety of the patient. The following guidelines are for the protection of the patient and should be followed exactly when preparing for liposuction.
Pre Op Testing & Preparation
Ensure the required blood and urine tests are done 10 days before surgery. In patients older than 45, an EKG will need to be done.
Purchase the recommended compression garment or garments and check the fit before surgery. Bring these garments to the Surgical Center on the day of surgery.
Fill all prescriptions before surgery and bring them with you on the day of surgery. Take care of your usual tasks before surgery such as house cleaning, vet visits, hair appointments and grocery shopping. Give yourself a few weeks to recuperate without having to deal with everyday tasks. Also, set up your bed in an area that won’t require the use of stairs if possible. Have extra pillows readily available to prop up your knees or put behind your back.
Disclose any of the following conditions at the preoperative consultation:
- Anemia – You will be put on an iron supplement well before surgery as you cannot have surgery if you are anemic.
- Illnesses or medical handicap
- History of blood clotting, deep venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, or hypercoagulability
We will require this information to take precautions to ensure your safety.
Medications To Avoid
Medications such as Advil, Motrin, Aleve and Aspirin must be avoided for 10 days prior to surgery. These are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and can increase bleeding and bruising.
Immediately Before Surgery
As is usual with all surgery, do not eat or drink anything, including water or coffee after midnight.
Take any medication with a very small sip of water. If you are on insulin, follow the instructions you have been given by our office on how much to take the morning of surgery.
On the morning of your surgery, take one of the prescribed nausea pills, Compazine, with a small sip of water.
Remove all jewelry, including watches, rings, body rings and studs before you arrive for surgery. Wear loose-fitting comfortable clothes such as sweat pants, front-opening shirts and slip-on shoes. Please do not wear perfume or makeup.
Following surgery, you will not be allowed to drive home or take a taxi. You will need to have a responsible adult accompany you home and assist you for at least 24 hours following your procedure. Inform us in advance if you don’t have an adult who can assist you for 24 hours and we will make arrangements for you to recover in an after-care facility.
We are here to assist you to properly prepare for surgery to ensure your safety and comfort. Call our office to clarify any point or to ask any questions related to surgery preparation.