Preparing For Surgery

You should avoid medications containing aspirin, NSAIDs (including ibuprofen), fish oil, and all herbal supplements for at least two weeks before surgery. Refer to your information packet for a complete list of medications to avoid.

Do not smoke. Avoid secondhand smoke and do not consume any nicotine-containing products, including e-cigarettes and nicotine gum, for at least one month before surgery and six weeks after. Nicotine constricts the blood vessels, reducing the oxygen that can reach your flap. A reconstructed breast with a poor blood supply heals poorly and can die completely.

To prepare your body for healing after surgery stay hydrated, consume plenty of protein, and take a multivitamin that includes iron and vitamins A, C, E and a B complex.

In the two days before surgery, wash from shoulders to thighs with an antimicrobial soap, preferably Hibiclens.

You may take a sleeping pill the night before surgery with a prescription.

A CT scan and lab work may be required before surgery; this will be determined at your initial consultation with Dr. Fisher. Make sure the results of all required preoperative tests and lab work are received by our office at least two weeks before your surgery.

Notify our office of any cold or other illness in the weeks before your surgery.

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