In many cases, cosmetic surgery procedures are optional and patients elect to have these operations performed. However, that does not negate the fact that these are major surgical operations and patients need to prepare for the process beforehand. Dr. Kevin Sadati notes that many of his Orange County patients must be placed under general anesthesia for the duration of their surgery. Newport Beach patients should note that general anesthesia ensures that they are completely unconscious and comfortable during the operation. However, they need to fast prior to the procedure in order to avoid the risk of serious complications while in the operating room, such as vomiting while under anesthesia or developing pneumonia after the fact. Avoid eating 6-8 hours prior to the operation and do not drink any fluids 2 hours before the surgery.
Tips for Fasting Before a Cosmetic Surgery Procedure
Get InformationTalk with Dr. Kevin Sadati about specific recommendations for your particular procedure. Each cosmetic surgery varies from patient to patient, and each procedure takes a different amount of time to complete. For instance, if you are about to have a revision rhinoplasty, your surgery might take longer. Dr. Kevin Sadati may want you to fast for a longer period of time leading up the surgery, and only choose the lightest meals before the operation.
Meal PreparationsChoose a light meal as your last meal before the operation. You might be tempted to choose a large, hearty meal as your last one before your surgery. However, this can be a mistake. While you may not be eating for a longer period of time than normal, it’s important not to fill your stomach with heavy foods that are difficult to digest. Instead of getting your favorite cheeseburger and fries, opt for a salad with vegetables and a small side of fresh fruit.
HydrationStay hydrated by drinking water for a day or two before the operation. Water clears your system more easily and does not have heavy fat in it like milk and coffee. Stop drinking all fluids at least 2 hours prior to your surgical procedure.
Medicine and Other CircumstancesIf you are required to take medications or antibiotics prior to the surgery, talk with Dr. Kevin Sadati about the best way to consume the medication. You may be able to take your medication with a tiny amount of water leading up to your surgery, but it’s best to consult with the surgeon before making any decisions.
Fasting prior to your operation is essential for your health during the surgery itself. At the same time, fasting properly can help you feel better during the recovery period, and can ensure that you get the best results possible. Dr. Kevin Sadati provides each patient with individual instructions related to their specific surgery procedure that takes into account their own personal health concerns and environmental factors. To find out more information about cosmetic surgery, the importance of fasting before the operation and the recovery period, set up a free cosmetic consultation with Dr. Kevin Sadati today.