Pre- & Post-operative Care

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It's important that you follow the instructions we provide for what to do before and after your plastic surgery in Columbia. We try to make cosmetic surgery instructions as detailed as possible, yet still easy to follow. You can find some general pre- and postoperative care instructions below, but remember that the written instructions you'll receive are specific to your procedure.

If you haven't yet met with Dr. Seaberg, request a consultation online, or call our office at (573) 443-5500 to schedule an appointment.

Before Surgery

4 weeks before surgery: Stop using all nicotine products. This includes smokeless tobacco, cigarettes, and nicotine patches. Let Dr. Seaberg know during your consultation if you would like assistance quitting smoking.

2 weeks before surgery: Stop taking aspirin or any drugs in the aspirin family, such as ibuprofen or naproxen, to reduce the risk of bleeding during surgery and postoperative bruising. Take plain acetaminophen (Tylenol®) instead for pain relief. Other herbs and medications that interfere with blood clotting include arnica, garlic, and vitamin E. Avoid all for 2 weeks before surgery.

5 days before surgery: Pick up your prescription medications at your chosen pharmacy. Stop drinking alcoholic beverages. Start taking vitamin K as directed to reduce excess bleeding.

Day before surgery: Before eating dinner, take 2 Prilosec OTC tablets and 2 Celebrex tablets. (Dr. Seaberg will call in all the prescriptions you'll need before and after surgery.) Before going to bed, drink 2 16-ounce glasses of water to ensure you're hydrated on the morning of surgery. Don't eat or drink anything after midnight.

Day of surgery: Take 2 Prilosec OTC tablets and 2 Celebrex tablets with a sip of water when you awake. Take a shower with antibacterial soap and wear comfortable clothes that are easy to take off and put on. Don't wear makeup, jewelry, deodorant, or nail polish.

After Surgery

Arriving home: You will want to rest the remainder of the day, but it's important to move around as much as possible, depending on the extent of your surgery. Please remember that vigorous activity is strictly prohibited for a full 2 weeks after surgery. It's normal to be nauseated in the first 6 to 8 hours after surgery. Nausea-relief medication is used during surgery, and an anti-nausea patch is placed behind your ear. The patch can be removed the second day after surgery. Pain relievers should be taken as instructed.

First 3 days after surgery: Patients typically feel better and gradually less groggy. Constipation is a normal side effect of pain medication. If this is a problem, drink prune or apple juice, or take milk of magnesia. Continue taking pain medication as instructed.

Within a week of surgery: You will have a postoperative appointment with Dr. Seaberg to check on your progress.

Second week after surgery: The need for pain medication should taper significantly. Try to use over-the-counter medications to relieve your pain.

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John J. Seaberg, MD, FACS