Being proactive in preparing for gynecomastia surgery has some huge benefits. Studies show that patients who are mentally and physically prepared have quicker recoveries, less pain and fewer complications.
Surprisingly there are many things that you can do that affect the outcome of your male breast reduction surgery. Patients who follow these recommendations find that they are mentally prepared and have less anxiety than the patient that just shows up for surgery.
1.Â Be in the best health possible by eating a healthy diet and have a regular exercise routine, even if it is just walking every day.
2.Â If you smoke, quit. See the blog dated November 26, 2011 that addresses the dangers of smoking.
3.Â Limit alcohol consumption; if possible stop drinking one month prior to surgery or cut back to no more than 2 drinks per day. As your surgery date approaches, follow your surgeonâ€™s recommendations.
4.Â Be sure to inform your surgeon and anesthesiologist of all supplements and medications (prescriptions and over the counter) that you are taking. Blood thinners need to be avoided to help prevent bleeding issues during surgery. Many supplements such as ginkgo biloba, fish oil, St. Johnâ€™s Wort fall into this category, to name just a few. Dr. Delgado gives his San Francisco Bay Area patients a three page list of supplements and vitamins that need to be avoided.
5.Â Take a good multiple vitamin that does not contain vitamin E (it is a blood thinner).
6.Â Be prepared to give your surgeon and anesthesiologist your complete medical history including details of any surgeries you may have had.
7.Â Get plenty of rest.
8.Â Arrange for someone to pick you up from surgery and to stay with you for the first 24 hours.
9.Â Stock your pantry and refrigerator with healthy easy to prepare meals and drinks. Drink lots of water.
10.Â Have all your medications filled prior to surgery and have pen and paperÂ handy to keep track of the time you have taken them. It is easy to forget especially if you are taking pain medication, so write it down! Note if it needs to be taken with food.
11.Â Have loose fitting, soft, comfortable clothing available that are easy to get on and off. Avoid pullover shirts, instead choose ones that button or zip up.
12.Â Remember not to eat or drink anything prior to surgery per your gynecomastia surgeonâ€™s instructions!
By following the above recommendations you should have a safe, successful gynecomastia surgery.