Preparation for Surgery

Dr. Corbin will explain the specific procedure in detail as well as describe the type of anesthesia that will be used. He will answer any other questions that you may have, including: how to prepare for the surgery, what to expect following the surgery, the type of facility where the surgery will be performed, and any other concerns that you may have.

The best way to prepare for any surgery is to be in good physical health. This includes eating a well balancecd diet and exercising. Depending on your age and family history, your surgeon may require you to have a mammogram (breast x-ray) before surgery (usually after age 40). Dr. Corbin will provide specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating or drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding certain vitamins and medications.

Create a comfortable healing environment

It is common after surgery for patients to feel tired, swollen, uncomfortable and sometimes weak. For the ride home from the surgery center make sure the vehicle you are traveling in has a pillow and a lightweight blanket.

Also, create a comfortable area to recover at home. For the first 5 days after surgery most patients are required to sleep in an upright position to help reduce potential swelling. It is a good idea to have many soft pillows available to help make the new sleeping position more comfortable.

Have the table or nightstand beside the sofa or bed post op ready. After surgery keep a small cooler with ice and or icepacks, cold drinks and damp washclothes in it. Also keep a scented hand cream and flavored lip balm close.

Also, have any pain or sleeping medications beside the place you will be sleeping. Guaze, cold compresses and/or tissues may also be kept close. Depending what procedure you had done will determine what items to keep near your recovery area.

Surround yourself with fragrance

Because fragrance so strongly touches the brains emotional centers,it can dramatically affect moods and memories. Scent your sheets with your favorite dusting powder or have fresh potpourri beside the bed.

Relax after surgery

In addition to making a comfortable recovery area, plan on pampering yourself and relaxing after any surgery. A few simple activities are: renting movies, reading books, listening to soothing music, watching television, writing in a personal journal or writing letters to friends or family.

Massage is always a great way to relieve stress. Have someone give you a relaxing scalp massage, foot massage, back massage or just a general body massage avoiding the operative area.

Avoid any stressful activities, as this will slow the healing process.

Think positive! Healthy healing is controlled by mind over matter.

Pre-Operation Checklist