Surgery Overview Newnan

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR SURGERY

The following is a brief summary of what to anticipate with your surgery. For more info, click here to see a list of our Frequently Asked Questions.

BEFORE SURGERY – THINGS WE WANT YOU TO KNOW

  1. Anticipate spending 1 to 4 hours with us. We recommend that you clear your entire half day so that if there is a complication or you experience discomfort, you have the appropriate time set aside to deal with an unanticipated situation. Surgery is not an exact science and we believe that by setting the time aside, you will ensure that we have given you the best care possible.
  2. Some surgeries require more time than others. This cannot always be predicted prior to scheduling. Every effort will be made to carry out your procedure in a timely fashion.
  3. We recommend that you bring a book, magazine or headset with you. Juice, crackers, water, tea, and coffee are provided in case you get thirsty or hungry.
  4. Be aware that our surgical waiting area may be full on the day of your procedure. We tend to do surgeries on certain days. We will try to accommodate any specific needs that you may have and to make your surgical experience a pleasant one.

BEFORE SURGERY – THINGS WE WANT YOU TO DO

  1. If your surgery is on the face or involves a large growth, it would be wise to have someone drive you to and from the office. A responsible adult should be available to stay with you or look in on you for the first 24 hours after surgery. Please make arrangements for this ahead of time. Please avoid wearing makeup, fragrances, or jewelry. It is a good idea to pull your hair away from the surgical site. In some instances, we may need to shave your hair at the surgery site. Inform our staff prior to your surgery if you are allergic to certain medications, tape, adhesives, or suture (stitch) materials.
  2. Let us know if you are prone to scarring or keloid formation. Discontinue Aspirin, Fish Oil, Vitamin E, Ginseng, Gingko Biloba, St Johns Wort, Garlic tablets, Advil™ (Ibuprofen), Nuprin™, or Aleve™ (naproxen) like products two weeks prior to your surgery . If you need to take these because of heart or stroke issues, please continue on these medications but let us know that you are taking them. Call us if you are unsure. If you have any special needs or have been instructed that you need to take preoperative antibiotics for such things as a heart valves, artificial prostheses or for other medical reasons, please let us know about this prior to your surgery. Also, please let us know ahead of time if you have a pacemaker, defibrillator or brain stimulator device.
  3. If antibiotics or pain medications have been prescribed for you, please have these filled prior to your surgery. Start your antibiotics one day before your procedure. Wear an old shirt that buttons down the front and not a pull over on the day of your surgery. Bring or wear warm socks as our office tends to be chilly!

AFTER SURGERY – THINGS TO REMEMBER

  1. Avoid intensive exercise such as running, lifting weights, or swimming for one to two weeks after surgery- please plan accordingly. Do not lift anything heavier than a remote control or fork for the first 24 to 48 hours after your procedure.
  2. Remember to take your pain medications (if needed) and/or antibiotics as prescribed.
  3. Call us if signs of bleeding or infection develop at your surgery site, e.g.. fever, warmth, persistent pain, or drainage.
  4. Keep a pressure dressing on the wound site for 48 hours and do not remove unless it becomes saturated. Do not get your surgery site wet for 48 hours. Call us if you have any questions or concerns.

Finally, I would like to thank you for the confidence in our practice. It is an honor to serve you and we look forward to helping you.