advice

It is of the utmost importance to disclose your medical history and any medication that you take during your initial consultation. In certain cases, you might need to have blood tests or imaging (for example a Mammogram) done. Please make sure that all your questions have been addressed, that you understand the procedure, the risks, and the pre- and post-operative instructions, as discussed during your consultation. In the unfortunate event that you develop a bacterial or viral infection (respiratory, skin etc.) your surgery may be postponed.


Medication to stop:

Certain medication and supplements thin your blood and predispose to bleeding. The following should be avoided 2 weeks prior to surgery:

  • • Aspirin and aspirin-containing medicine (a common ingredient of cold and flu medication)
  • • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • • Diet syrups, diet capsules
  • • Herbal supplements
  • • Cayenne/ red pepper
  • • Omega 3 and 6
  • • Sportron
  • • Spirulina
  • • Arnica products
  • • Vitamin C supplements
  • • Garlic and red wine should be avoided 2 days prior to surgery.

Smoking:

Please note that certain procedures cannot be performed on smokers. For a period of 4 weeks prior to surgery and 4 weeks following surgery you cannot smoke, use nicotine patches or nicotine gum. Most of the nicotine-free smoking devices contain herbal ingredients that should not be used 3 weeks prior to surgery.


Day of surgery:

You should not have anything to eat or drink for 6-8 hours before your surgery. Take a shower with antibacterial soap on the morning of admission to hospital. Do not apply body lotion. Avoid make-up. Bring loose fitting clothes, preferably with buttons or zippers- avoid any pull-over clothing.