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recovery doesn’t stop when you leave the surgical suite

We strive to give our patients the best and most comfortable experience. For that reason, Dr. Poulter utilizes a successful multimodal therapy to help prevent and relieve those symptoms. This regimen includes Exparel, a newer local anesthesia that lasts for up to three days. It is injected at the time of surgery and coordinated with medications given before and after surgery that affect different pain centers. By blocking pain receptors before surgery and before you wake up, you will have less nausea and less pain. Limiting a patient’s pain and use of narcotics speeds recovery, reduces adverse side effects, and results in a better experience and outcome.

However, patients still need to take care of themselves following any type of cosmetic surgery. The most important things you can do are rest, stay well hydrated, and plan for adequate postoperative nutrition. Resting helps your body recover and utilize the fluids and amino acids you consume in protein to repair your incisions and heal after your procedure. If you have had a more extensive procedure, it is also important to walk short distances in your house every 1-2 hours during the early postoperative period.

Prior to your surgery, tell your doctor ALL medications (including natural remedies and supplements) that you are currently taking. Your doctor can then coordinate which medications you can continue to take and which to hold prior to surgery and how to incorporate the recommended medications to promote safety and healing so there are no conflicts. Taking medications as directed will also help reduce pain, nausea, and many postoperative side effects. Adhering to your surgeon’s recovery plan is key. Make sure you take all medications on schedule and finish all antibiotics. Drinking plenty of fluids is vital, as is ambulating to help the healing process.

Along with the “Do’s” after surgery is a list of “Don’ts.” Don’t resume activities too soon – give yourself time to recover. Refrain from exercising until your doctor tells you it is OK. In addition to other health risks, smoking slows healing and increases your risk of complications following surgery. Avoid swimming, soaker baths and hot tubs until your incisions have healed.

You are a partner in your surgery and following these simple directions can lead to a lifetime of satisfaction with your results. If you have any questions regarding post-surgery care, please call our office at (309) 663-1222 or Toll Free at (888) 841-4108.