CAUTIONS AFTER YOUR SURGERY
1. Light, low-fat fare, with lean sources of protein and vitamins, avoiding seafood and drinking plenty of liquid.
2. Each type of surgery imposes specific restrictions to the sleeping position. Observe medical guidelines.
3. Certain types of surgery impose movement limitations of the treated area. Observing medical guidelines and restrictions regarding postures and limited range of motion is paramount for a good outcome.
4. Other restrictions until medical discharge:
- Excessive efforts (incl. long stairs).
You should, although, try to walk regularly (without excesses) to minimize thrombosis risk.
- Drugs containing aspirin or any medication with anticoagulant effect.
5. It may be recommended to supplement the postoperative medical care with supporting procedures (lymphatic drainage, dermato-functional maneuvers) to enhance and optimize the outcome. It is advisable to comply with medical guidelines.
6. Observing the post-surgical protocol is essential to justify the effort of undergoing a surgery.
POSSIBLE POSTOPERATIVE INTERCURRENCES
- Edema (swelling).- Hematomas (bruises), which under sun light can evolve to permanent stains.
- Changes in skin pigmentation, leading to stains or bleaching.
- Fluid, blood and/or secretion accrual, requiring drainage and/or surgical dressings and/or one or more surgical reintervention(s).
- Loss of biological vitality and/or sensibility in some skin areas.
- Pain or pruritus (itching, burning).
- Occasionally, depending on propensity, affective behavior disorders may occur (anxiety, depression or other more complex psychological states).