It is the week before your plastic surgical procedure with Dr. Brenner and you may be wondering if there is anything that you will need to do. Here are a few suggestions:
1. Make sure all of your questions are answered. You have already spent some time with Dr. Brenner during your consultation and during your pre-operative visit. However, you may come up with some new un-answered questions since leaving his office. Now is the time to contact Dr. Brenner’s office and discuss these questions.
2. Take Bromelain and Arnica Montana. These herbs aid with bruising and swelling. They may be purchased over the counter at a health food store or drug store. For Bromelain: take 1 tab twice daily. For Arnica Montana: take four tabs, four times per day. Begin taking these herbs about 4 days prior to surgery and discontinue 4 days after surgery. If it is the day before surgery and you suddenly realize that you forgot to take these for the last three days, do not worry. Just start taking them today.
3. Purchase a stool softener. A common side effect of narcotic pain relievers is constipation. It is beneficial to have a stool softener (i.e. Colace or Dulcolax) on hand if needed.