What you should expect from yourself and your surgeon after surgery

after surgery
We had a recent postoperative patient compliment us on our blog and how informative it is. However, she pointed out that one thing she couldn’t find was a blog post on what to expect after surgery. So here goes!   What you should expect from yourself and your surgeon after surgery This listicle should serve as a general outline of expectations after surgery. These include...
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Listicle: The red flags we look for in our patients

red flags
Red flags are something a potential patient does (or doesn’t do) that can portend future problems. After 12 years of practice, I’m getting better at noticing these red flags but there’s always room for a heightened sense of awareness. Check out our “listicle” below for a few of these red flags. In case you’ve never seen the word before, a listicle is an article whose...
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Just like $h!t happens, postop wounds happen! [video]

postop wounds
It’s an unfortunate fact of surgery that postop wounds can occur. Doesn’t necessarily mean the patient or the doctor did anything wrong. Even with a high intake of protein before or after surgery to improve wound healing, wounds can still occur. The important thing is that most of the time, it’s all going to be fine.   How to take care of postop wounds With...
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Get cosmetic surgery and quit smoking…maybe

This recent article makes an incredibly interesting argument. That cosmetic surgery can lead patients to quit smoking! It’s not as far-fetched as you may think. It’s starts with the notion that smoking affects small blood vessels in healing skin.   Cosmetic surgery to quit smoking? If you’re a smoker, you know surgeons always say to avoid all nicotine products. The nicotine in cigarettes or dip or......
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Don’t freak out about these things after surgery

Having surgery soon? It’s a stressful time, so remember these things after surgery to reduce your anxiety level. Some of these postop issues are very normal and should not be a cause for alarm. Even if you’re not going through surgery yourself, someone may be depending on you as their caregiver. So heed this advice and offer reassurance to whomever you’re taking care of.  ......
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5 reasons to consider rolling a joint after surgery!

Crazy, I know. But regardless of your personal bent on the topic, marijuana use for medicinal purposes is now legal in 29 states plus the District of Columbia! That’s a lot of places where patients can legally be prescribed, and then purchase medical marijuana for an assortment of ailments, including recovery after surgery. Before dismissing the idea because of the perceived stigma, warranted or not,......
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Postop Breast Surgery Do’s and Don’ts [video]

Looking to increase your chances of a complication free postop breast augmentation recovery? Then follow these simple recommendations.   Don’t submerge in water While every surgeon is different (and you should check with your surgeon before believing everything you read on the internet!), submerging your fresh breast aug incisions in water is not a good idea. If you’re bathing in a bath tub or hot......
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Do’s and Don’ts before surgery

Surgery, whether it’s cosmetic or not, can be a big deal. You may be out of commission for a few days afterwards so it’s important to prepare before surgery. Here’s a list of suggestions to better ensure a successful, stress free recovery.   Top Do’s and Don’ts before Surgery Due to pain or social downtime, you probably don’t want to go out of the house......
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Take your pain medication after surgery…but only as needed!

Of course you need pain medication after your surgery. No one is suggesting you won’t be in pain, but doctors are more nervous than ever about over prescribing pain medication. But even in the best of circumstances, pain meds can cause problems.   Take your pain medication PRN Narcotics and other opioids that help with pain have side effects. Aside from constipation, there’s the issue......
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When postop surgery patients answer your phone call

I love it when postop surgery patients answer my phone call. It’s officially 10 years in practice now and still, without fail, I call my outpatient surgery patients the night after their surgery. And it’s all because of how I was treated when I had surgery as a young tyke.   Why you should call your postop surgery patients When I had my tonsils removed......
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