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Before your surgerySpecific to Abdominoplasty, the
Before your surgery
Specific to Abdominoplasty, the Surgeon may suggest that you lose some weight so that the results from surgery will be more effective. It is advisable to have completed your family – pregnancy is not advised following this operation.
If you are a smoker, or take aspirin or any other medication, your Surgeon will wish to discuss this with you at your consultation. Your Surgeon will advise you when you are to discontinue and/or resume these activities.
The day of your surgery
The Surgeon will visit you in your room. Your Surgeon will also at this time obtain your final consent, and answer any last minute questions you may have.
When you wake from the anaesthetic you will find drainage tubes will be in place and painkillers will be given to you as required. A support corset will be applied as required.
You will stay in hospital for 24-48 hours at the discretion of your Surgeon.
You will need to rest considerably after this operation and have someone to look after young children and carry out household duties. For up to one week you will need to put no strain on your lower abdomen. If you need to cough, sneeze or laugh, support your abdomen with your hands as well. Try to avoid constipation by having lots of water and fibre in your diet.
The dressings and corset need to stay in place, clean and dry, until your first visit to the clinic.
It is advisable to refrain from any strenuous exercise or work for up to 6 weeks – most people can expect to return to a normal sedentary occupation after 2 weeks.
It is very important that you attend the appointment which has been made for you to care for your wound and see your surgeon post-operatively.