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Day 1: 7 Day Pre-Op Guide

To kick off your 7 Day Pre-Op Program, we have got a few items that will help you to be more intentional with the time you have before surgery.

Below today's video, you will find:

  • A pre-op checklist that you can download or print

  • Our general pre-op recommendations

  • More information about hydration and recovery

  • Useful information about "Detox Plans"

So start with the video and work your way down the page. Each day has different information, so don't forget to come back to the site and click on the respective day in your week leading up to surgery. 

You got this! Let's get ready to rock your recovery!

Print your pre-op checklist: 

Today's Tip:

Stay Hydrated!

Drinking Water after Workout

Make sure you drink plenty of water (8-10 Full Glasses) EVERY DAY! You will want to flush out all the toxins from surgery and keep your muscles hydrated for a full recovery.

Here are some general pre-operative instructions that you can follow if you've not yet had your pre-op appointment with your surgeon and would like to begin preparing your body now. If you are unsure about any medications or any instructions be sure to contact your surgeon's office.

Two Weeks Prior to Surgery

  1. No aspirin or products containing aspirin

  2. No ibuprofen or products containing ibuprofen

  3. No herbal medications. diet pills. or meqa-doses of Vitamin-E. Regular multi-vitamins are fine to take

All of the above items can cause problems with bleeding and anesthesia if taken prior to surgery

  1. No smoking prior to surgery, as it can cause problems with healing

  2. If you must take any type of over the counter medications for pain or headaches, please take Tylenol (acetaminophen)

One Week Prior to Surgery

  1. Do not take or drink any alcohol or illegal drugs for one week prior and one week after surgery, as these can affect anesthesia and blood clotting

  2. Please wash your skin with any anti-bacterial soap such as Dial or Lever 2000. lf it is too irritating, please discontinue.

  3. Please call your surgeon's office if you show any signs of cold, infection, sores, or pustules appearing before surgery.

  4. Do not take any medications that have not been approved by your surgeon.

  5. Please make sure that you have arranged a responsible adult to stay with you on the day of your surgery, as well as drive you to and from the hospital; you will NOT be allowed to leave the hospital or drive on your own.

Night Before and Morning of Surgery

  1. Do not eat or drink anything (not even water) after midnight the night before surgery. Also, no gum, candy, mints, coffee, etc., the morning of surgery. This can lead to serious complications with anesthesia.

  2. Please clear all daily medications with your surgeon.

  3. Do take a shower and shampoo your hair before you come to the hospital to ensure that your skin is free of bacteria, there by reducing your risk of infection.

  4. Do not apply skin creams, make-up, hair products, deodorants or perfumes the morning of surgery.

  5. You may brush your teeth, but do not drink anything.

  6. Do not wear contacts to surgery. Please wear your glasses and bring the case.

  7. Do wear comfortable clothes- a shirt and shoes that are easy to put on and take off.

  8. Do not bring any valuables or wear ANY jewelry or body piercings.

  9. Remember you are NOT allowed to drive, so make sure to arrange a ride to and from surgery. The surgery center/hospital will not let you take an Uber or Lyft. 

  10. If you are not recovering at home, please make sure your surgeon's office knows where you will be and how they can get in contact with you.

More on Hydration: 

Be Mindful

Your mental and emotional well-being are integral in your overall health. This area is often overlooked especially from surgeons following a breast surgery.

Once the surgery is complete, the primary shift of concern is on your physical healing of your breasts. We will provide tips and practices each day that you can incorporate into your lifestyle for an overall better experience before and after your surgery.

Meditate- find 5-15 minutes each day to practice meditation. Go to a quiet space, close your eyes, find a comfortable position, and clear your mind. Use this time each day for yourself.

“A quiet mind cureth all.”-Robert Burton-

Perform one form of “green exercise.” This simply refers to performing any sort of activity in the presence of nature. You can go for a walk outside, a hike, a bike ride, water flowers, pick flowers, look for birds, watch an outdoor sport, your children or grandchildren, any activity outdoors. 

“Evidence shows it leads to positive and short and long-term health outcomes.” 

“Look at a tree, a flower,  a plant. Let your awareness rest upon it. How still they are, how deeply rooted in being. Allow nature to teach you stillness.” -Eckhart Tolle-

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