It is advisable to
stop smoking two weeks prior to and two
weeks following surgery. Do not drink
any alcoholic beverage two days prior
to and one week following surgery.
all prescribed or nonprescribed diet products
two to four weeks before surgery. Any
lab work or mammogram should be taken
at least 48 hours prior to surgery.
containing products such as Advil and
avoid garlic and garlic products two weeks
prior to surgery. These products can prolong
bleeding and increase bruising. Tylenol
may be taken during this period.
a period of two days before surgery you
should wash your entire torso from shoulders
to hips, (including neck, chest, under
arms, abdomen, and sides) for 15 minutes
twice a day with Betadine soap. An additional
wash should be done right before the surgery.
You may use skin
care products following these washes,
except the last wash before surgery, when
no skin care products should be used.
If your surgeon has put markings on your
breasts the day before surgery, you should
be careful not to wash them off.
Do not eat or drink anything after
midnight before surgery. You may, however,
take prescription medication with a small
amount of water and brush your teeth the
morning of surgery. Wear a loose fitting
button or zipper type dress or blouse that
does not pull over your head. Loose sweats
are recommended as you will be in a
compression garment after surgery and
clothing may be
difficult to get on. Do not wear jewelry
or bring valuables.
plan to have someone bring you to and
take you home from surgery and stay with
you the first 24 hours. Notify the office
staff of this person's name and telephone
number prior to surgery.
all prescriptions filled a few days before
surgery, so they will be available when you arrive home from surgery.