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What happens before rhinoplasty surgery?
In most situations, the surgery is performed as an outpatient at either the hospital or the surgicenter. In both facilities, quality care can be provided without the expense and inconvenience of an overnight stay. An anesthesiologist is present for monitoring vital functions throughout the procedure. Usually, the anesthesiologist will call the night before surgery to review the medical history. Preoperative laboratory studies will need to be done several days in advance. Transportation after the procedure will need to be arranged and someone should stay with the patient during the first night.
Aspirin, or any product containing aspirin, should not be taken within 10 days of the date of surgery. Non-steroidal anti- inflammatory medications (such as Advil, Motrin, Naprosyn) should not be taken within 7 days of the date of surgery. Many over-the-counter products contain aspirin or Advil type drugs so it is important to check all medications carefully. If there is any question, please call the office or consult a pharmacist. Tylenol is an acceptable pain reliever. Prescriptions for pain medications are usually written prior to the date of surgery and should be filled in advance.
No food or liquids should be consumed within 6 hours prior to the time of surgery. This includes even water, candy, or chewing gum. Anything in the stomach increases the chances of an anesthetic complication. Smokers should make every effort to stop smoking, or at least reduce the number of cigarettes. This will help to reduce postoperative coughing and bleeding. Difficulty with tissue healing has also been noted in smokers during the postoperative period.
Any illness prior to the day of surgery should be reported to the surgeon's office as soon as possible. If illness occurs the day of surgery it is best to proceed to the surgical facility as planned and be evaluated to decide if surgery is safe.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/14/2015
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