These general Top Surgery pre-operative instructions must be followed closely, except where overruled by specific instructions from Dr. King or his staff.
1 Month Before Top Surgery
Smokers need to stop for one month prior to surgery. Smoking puts survival of the nipple at risk.
2 Weeks Before Top Surgery
Halt use of any medications that include the following:
- Herbs / Natural medications and teas, including St. John’s Wort and Gingko Biloba
- Diet pills, herbs or teas
- Large doses of vitamin E (RDA amount is fine.)
- If you’re unsure about something you take, please contact Dr. King.
Eat well, take a daily multivitamin, limit caffeine and alcohol.
1 Week Before Top Surgery
Patients on Testosterone are asked to hold the Testosterone one week before the surgery and also during the week of surgery. (Testosterone is not a requirement for surgery.) Patients can resume Testosterone the week following surgery.
No alcohol. Limit caffeine.
If you develop a cold or flu, contact our office immediately. Do not take any medications without speaking with us first.
Consider preparing your home for your Top Surgery recovery. For example, move anything you’ll need, like that favorite cereal bowl, down from high shelves so that you don’t have to reach over your head.
Prepare comfort foods in advance, like soups and easily re-heated casseroles.
Do some grocery shopping, stocking up on any household essentials you’ll need during Top Surgery recovery, along with a few extra treats (ginger ale, sorbet, magazines, etc.)
Make sure all your household bills are paid in advance, so that you don’t have to think about errands during recovery.
Night Before Top Surgery
Patients with hair on their chest are asked to shave prior to the surgery. Please also trim long beards.
Eat a healthy, balanced dinner.
No food or drink after midnight. No exceptions!
Get as much sleep as possible.
Morning of Surgery
Shower as usual, rinsing soap and shampoo out well, but do not use any creams, lotions, hair products, cologne, essential oils or deoderant.
Brush your teeth but remember: don’t swallow anything, including water.
If you normally wear contact lenses, remember to wear your glasses on the day of surgery, and bring your glasses case.
Leave your valuables at home.
Remove any piercings.
Provide Dr. King’s staff with the contact information of the friend or family member who you will be leaving the Surgery Center with, as well as the phone number (and room number, if hotel) of where you will be staying.
If you have any questions, please contact Dr. King.