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PRE / POST-OPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS

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 (nicotine and marijuana)
  • 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, as these products may increase bleeding and prolong swelling.
  • MUST avoid Garlic extract, fish oils and Vitamin E

2. What you need:

  • Sinecch Arnica tablets – sold in our clinic
  • Vitamin C – Patients may take up to 2000mg Vitamin C daily 2 weeks prior to surgery.
  • Prescription for anti-biotics and pain. Provided by Hospital or our Surgical Centre
  • Ice packs
  • Patients must have a ride arranged and confirmed.

3. What You Need To Know:

  • The sutures will be removed by Dr. Solomon or his nurse x1 week post surgery
  • Leave steri-strip in place. Do not remove as it may pull on sutures. Do not get wet.
  • Standard post-operative bruising & swelling may last for up to 2 weeks. Please be patient.
  • You may experience pain during the recovery process. Take Tylenol for pain.
  • Some numbness may exist around the operative area for a few weeks.
  • Tenderness may last up to 3 months.
  • Often patients experience heightened anxiety around the surgical period. This is normal.
  • You may have a sore throat after surgery. This is due to the intubation. Drink lots of fluids. You may also try honey, lozenges, etc. for relief.

4. What to AVOID post-surgery:

  • Avoid bending over or lifting heavy objects for one week as this could aggravate swelling, increase blood pressure and initiate hemorrhage.
  • Avoid smoking (nicotine and marijuana), for one month as it may prolong healing and increase risk of complications.
  • Alcohol for at least 2 weeks 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 for 2 weeks 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.

If you experience any of the following listed below, please contact Dr. Solomon directly 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 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]