Two Weeks Before Surgery

Your preoperative appointment with Dr. Robb Jr. will be approximately 2 weeks before surgery. Dr. Robb will review surgical details with you and answer any questions. We will give you any prescriptions at this time so they can be filled and ready for you prior to the surgery. Below are some general guidelines to follow:

  • Stop aspirin, Advil, Ibuprofen, Naproxen, fish oil, and all herbal medicine, coumadin,* plavix* or any other blood thinners (*= confirm with the prescribing physician that it’s ok to come off)
  • Stop Smoking! Smoking and vaping decrease blood supply to our surgical site which increases healing time and infection rates. The effects of vaping on surgical outcomes are currently under investigation- please stop vaping prior to surgery to prepare for the best possible outcome. 
  • Limit vitamin E intake 

The Night Before Surgery

Our office will call you to confirm the times and details, as well as answer any questions you may have. To prepare your body, avoid eating or drinking past midnight. Approved medicines can be taken with a sip of water. Be sure that prescriptions have been filled at least a day before your procedure.

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Care After Surgery

Dr. Robb will provide you and your caretaker with comprehensive and detailed instructions for after your procedure. Below is a sampling of what those instructions will contain: 

  • Eat simple, bland foods low in sodium to prevent nausea
  • Keep your head elevated. Sleep in a recliner or use 3-4 pillows to help prevent swelling
  • No heavy lifting (>10lbs) or bending over for 2 weeks to prevent bleeding or fluid collection 
  • **If you have high blood pressure, please take all your medication as prescribed and take your blood pressure several times in the week leading up to your pre-operative appointment. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can increase hematoma rates.
  • **If antiviral medication was prescribed, please start taking it 24 hours before the day of your procedure and continue taking it until the bottle is finished to prevent outbreaks.
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