In general avoid aspirin containing compounds, ibuprofen, and herbal
medications at least 2 weeks before surgery. You may take Tylenol
as needed. Refer to the medication sheet in your information packet
for more detail. Call if you have any additional questions about
any medication that is not prescribed by The Center for Microsurgical
Do Not Smoke. Avoid smoking for at least 6 months before and 6
weeks after surgery. This includes exposure to “second hand
smoke”. Cigarette smoking causes blood vessel spasm and can
diminish blood flow to your reconstruction. Tissue without blood
supply heals poorly and can die completely.
Wash from shoulders to thighs in the 2 days prior to surgery with
Dial soap or preferably Hibiclens soap (do not use on your face).
You do not need a prescription to purchase Hibiclens.
Sleeping pill night before surgery OK with prescription.
Lab work will generally be required before surgery. We will discuss
this prior to or at your initial visit. All lab work required must
be completed and reports faxed to hospital and office 9 days prior
Notify us of any cold, fever, or if other illnesses occur in the
days before surgery.