How to Accelerate Top Surgery Recovery
To achieve the best results from your TOP surgery, it is recommended that you adhere to the following guidelines.
Medications to Avoid and Medications to Take
Taking the right medications and avoiding others will support your recovery. It is extremely important to inform your surgeon of all medications, supplements, and herbs that you take. You must avoid blood thinners as they can be responsible for bleeding complications. There are many products and supplements that you may not be aware of that are considered blood thinners, such as; ginkgo biloba, St. John’s Wort, garlic, ginger, dong quai, vitamin E, just to name a few. Aspirin, Advil, Aleve, Bufferin, Motrin, Excedrin and many more, need to be discontinued. There are many prescription medications that are blood thinners, so when consulting with your surgeon be sure to have a complete list of everything you take. Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. provides his patients with a comprehensive 3 page list of what needs to be avoided.
You will be given several prescriptions, some to start before surgery and some for both before and after. You must take all prescribed medications as directed.
Eating a healthy diet can support the healing process and speed up recovery. Avoid foods that are high in sodium because it will retain water in the body and cause swelling. Consume high quality protein which will aid in the regeneration of the body’s tissue, especially during the early phases of recovery.
Many people live a fast paced busy life; they work long hours and do not get enough sleep. Patients must be sure to get enough rest during their recovery so the body can heal itself.
Smoking must be stopped several weeks before surgery and after as smoking will interfere with blood circulation.
Be sure to follow Dr. Delgado’s instructions regarding when and how much exercise is allowed.
Dr. Delgado’s goal for his patients is to be safe, have a complication-free recovery, and be thrilled with their results.
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