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BEFORE YOUR SURGERY

An overnight stay at renaissance clinic is compulsory with this procedure as nursing supervision will be required in the first 24hrs.

SMOKING

Smoking increases the risk of complications significantly and should be stopped 4 weeks prior to and aftersurgery.

WEIGHT

As an increase in weight after surgery will affect the result, one should be at one’s preferred ideal weightbefore proceeding with surgery.

ALCOHOL

No alcohol 48 hours before surgery.

DIETARY REQUIREMENTS

Be well nourished, hydrated and rested before your surgery.

MEDICATIONS

A script will be issued for antibiotics and pain tablets. You will need to purchase them from a chemist andbring them with you on the day of your procedure. Do not take these prior to surgery. The nursing staff willadvise you and your carer on how to administer them.

Certain over the counter products and prescription medicines can cause complications before and aftersurgery as they can reduce the ability of your blood to clot and could increase bleeding.

These include Aspirin & anti-inflammatories (Voltaren, Brufen etc) which should be avoided for 2 weeksbefore to surgery.

Avoid Omegas, Vitamin C & E & Arnica for 3 days before your operation as well as red wine.Stop all herbal medications 1 week before surgery. These include Echinacea, Ephedra, Garlic, Ginseng,Ginkgo, Kava, St. John’s Wort, and Valerian.

*(Please ask us for a more comprehensive list if required.)

Consult Dr Geldenhuys before stopping any chronic medications.

After discharge arrange to have an adult stay with you for two nights at least, and transport to the followup visits.

ADDITIONAL PRECAUTION & ADVICE

Report any signs of a cold or infection, either skin (boils, bites scratches etc) or dental within two weeks ofyour surgery, as these may increase the risk of surgical infection and may result in surgery being deferred.

Obtain any desired “comfort items” before surgery e.g. music, comfortable clothing, pillows, healthyprepped meals - anything that will facilitate a pleasant environment for your recovery.

Avoid sun/UV exposure for two weeks prior to surgery. Any evidence of sunburn will result in your surgerybeing cancelled.

Do not save questions for the morning of your surgery. This is a busy time for us and it should be arelaxing time for you. Please contact the office PRIOR to your surgery if you have any questions.

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