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PRE / POST-OPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS

PLEASE FOLLOW POST-CARE PROVIDED BY OUR CLINIC

PLEASE NOTE: If you have any concerns or questions prior to your surgery, you are encouraged to speak to Dr. Solomon in advance to ensure you are fully prepared for your surgical date.

1. What to AVOID 2 Weeks Before Surgery:

  • Smoking/Vaping (Nicotine, Marijuana and CBD oil).
  • Alcohol for at least 2 weeks pre-op, as it may increase bruising and prolong swelling.
  • Naturopathic or herbal medications, unless approved by Dr. Solomon.
  • MUST discontinue Aspirin, Advil or Ibuprofen and all blood thinners as these products may increase bleeding and prolong swelling.
  • MUST avoid Garlic extract, fish oils and Vitamin E and Arnica.

2. What you Need:

  • Vitamin C – Patients may take up to 2000 mg of Vitamin C daily for 2 weeks prior to surgery.
  • Prescriptions of anti-biotics and pain. Provided by the hospital on the day of your surgery or by our Surgical Centre prior to your surgery at our clinic.
  • Ice packs.
  • Please come arrive shaven for surgery.
  • Please remove all jewellery and makeup from the neck up on the day of your surgery.
  • Please have a confirmed ride home following your surgery.
  • Recommended: Arnica by Sinecch, an herbal Supplement to help minimize bruising and swelling. To be taken following surgery. Sold in our clinic.

3. What you Need to Know:

  • Please take your anti-biotic and pain medication as prescribed.
  • Best to separate anti-biotic and pain medication, 2 hours apart to avoid nausea/vomiting.
  • No external sutures will be required therefore there is no wound care .
  • Gargle with salt water after every meal for the first week as well as in the morning and at bedtime.
  • If steri-strips are placed on the skin, please avoid getting wet and remove after 4 days.
  • Bruising and swelling may last for up to 2-3 weeks or longer.
  • You may experience pain during the recovery process. Take Tylenol for pain.
  • Some numbness may exist around the operative area for a few weeks or possibly months.
  • Tenderness may last up to 3 months.
  • You may have a sore throat after surgery. This is due to the intubation. Drink lots of fluids (warm if possible). You may also try honey, lozenges, etc. for relief. You may also gargle with salt water.

4. What to AVOID post-surgery:

  • Avoid hard foods for the first 1-2 weeks. Eat soft foods and do not use a straw.
  • Avoid bending over or lifting heavy things for one week. Besides aggravating swelling, this may raise your blood pressure and start haemorrhage.
  • Smoking/Vaping (Nicotine, Marijuana and CBD oil) for one month, as it may prolong healing and increase risk of complications.
  • Alcohol for at least 2 week pre-op and 2 weeks post-operatively, as it may cause fluid retention and prolong swelling. Alcohol should not be taken with pain medication.
  • Naturopathic or herbal medications, unless approved by Dr. Solomon.
  • Aspirin, Advil or Ibuprofen, as these products may prolong swelling.
  • Moderate physical exercise for up to 4 weeks post-operatively.
  • Strenuous physical exercise for up to 6 weeks post-operatively.
  • Direct sun exposure on incisions for up to 12 months. Use a minimum of SPF 45 daily.
  • Repeat every 2-4 hours as necessary.

If you experience any of the following listed below, please contact Dr. Solomon directly by email at [email protected], or call our office at 905-764-7799. You can also reach our administration team by email at [email protected]

  • If you develop a large firm mass extending from the surgical area.
  • If you develop a rash, persistent fever, chills or sweating.
  • If you notice a foul odour or yellow drainage coming from the incision sites.
  • If you experience severe pain, that is not controlled with Tylenol.
  • If you experience persistent bleeding that does not resolve in 20 minutes or with direct pressure.
  • Persistent vomiting and inability to drink liquids for greater than 4 hours.
  • Shortness of breath, chest pain, weakness or numbness in the face or limbs.

IF WE ARE NOT ABLE TO BE REACHED, PLEASE GO TO YOUR NEAREST HOSPTIAL EMERGENCY FOR ASSESSMENT.

If you require any clarification regarding these instructions or would like to arrange a follow up appointment with the nurse, please call the office at 905.764.7799 or email us at [email protected]