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FAQ - Before Surgery

  • What is a pre-op appointment?

    Your pre-op appointment is approximately two weeks before your surgery date. At this appointment, you will review with Dr. Connall the procedure plan, sign your consent documents, receive your prescriptions, pay Dr. Connall's professional fee, and "try-on" implants, if applicable. Learn more about your pre-op appointment.

  • What medications should I stop taking before surgery and for how long?

    We will provide you with a detailed prohibited medications list. In general, two weeks prior to surgery, avoid:

      * Aspirin and medications containing aspirin
      * Garlic supplements
      * Ibuprofen and Naproxen sodium anti- inflammatory agents
      * Green tea or green tea extracts
      * Vitamin ESt. John's Wort
      * Estrogen supplements, birth control pills, and hormone replacement therapy.

  • How long will I need to stop smoking before and after surgery?

    Although we highly recommend that our patients quit smoking for better health, we require that all mastopexy and reduction patients be tobacco-free for 6 weeks prior to a consultation appointment. We do not require breast augmentation patients to quit smoking.

  • Is there any fitness routine or activity that I should do to prepare for surgery?

    You do not need to engage in an aggressive or new fitness routine; however practicing good fitness habits is an important factor in your overall health and well-being. Upper body stretches and low-weight strength training now can help to enhance your posture and your strength in the weeks following surgery. Avoid exercises that could cause injury to your shoulders, back, pectoral muscles, arms, or upper body.

  • If I am having an axillary (under arm) breast augmentation, can I shave before surgery?

    Please do not shave your underarms within 72 hours of surgery. Shaving causes microscopic cuts in the skin that can increase bacterial levels and increase the risk of infection.

  • Is it normal to be nervous before breast surgery?

    It's good to be excited and normal to be a bit nervous: this is your big day! Now that you are ready, the most important things you can bring to the surgery center are enthusiasm and a strong positive mental attitude. We have a great team ready to take care of you!

  • Can I be too nervous before breast surgery?

    Yes. While it is normal to be a bit nervous in the days before surgery, severe nervousness and anxiety are not normal. Severe anxiety around the time of surgery can be a sign that you are not emotionally prepared or stable to undergo breast surgery. Your physical and mental health are our foremost concern. If you are experiencing severe anxiety before surgery please discuss your feelings with us immediately.

  • What should I bring with me to the surgery center?

    You will want to wear comfortable, clean, loose-fitting clothing. Wear a top that zips or buttons up the front. Do not wear pullovers, turtlenecks, or any tight-fitting top or bottom. Please wear slip on shoes with clean cotton socks, as the operating room can feel cool. Please do not wear cosmetics, jewelry of any kind, contact lenses, hair clips, body piercing: (If there is something you cannot remove, let the admitting nurse know right away.)

  • Will I be able to talk with the anesthesiologist before my breast surgery?

    Yes. Expect a pre-anesthesia nursing call from the surgery center to review your medical history and the anesthesia plan. Your surgery will be performed by a board-certified anesthesiologist and you will talk with your anesthesiologist the day of surgery.

  • When should I fill my prescriptions?

    Please fill all of the medications at your pharmacy of choice before your surgery day. You will need some of the medications (especially the antibiotic) the night before and the day of surgery, so please do not wait until after surgery to fill these medications.

  • What type of bra should I purchase for my first weeks of recovery?

    We will provide you with your first post-operative bra, which you will be wearing immediately after surgery. So, please do not bring a special bra with you the day of surgery. Most women prefer to select their own style and fit of bra once home, so expect to purchase something. You may wish to purchase more than one bra, to help with laundering. Don't make this an expensive item, since you will likely only be wearing this bra for 4-6 weeks. Please avoid underwire bras, and choose cotton or other breathable unpadded fabric with good full-cup coverage and support. Camisoles and tank tops with built in bras work very well for our patients.

  • What is a support person and what are his/her responsibilities?

    A close support person is encouraged, as they can be very helpful during your pre and post-operative visits and on the day of surgery at the surgery center. A husband, boyfriend, or other close friend can provide nice companionship and emotional support during this exciting time. (Their presence for pre- and post-op office visits, however, is not a requirement). Your support person must be a responsible adult. This is important for your health and safety after surgery. Teenagers (under 18 years of age) such as children, relatives, or friends are not acceptable support persons.

  • How much time should I plan to take off from work or home responsibilities?

    You will need about 5-7 days after surgery to care for yourself and to recover from surgery. Therefore, schedule at least 5-7 days off from work and/or make arrangements to have assistance with any children and essential household tasks you have. You will be taking narcotics and muscle relaxants at least 3 days after surgery, so you will need to pamper yourself during this time. Remember, you can't drive or be responsible for others while you are taking these medications. After 5-7 days, you will feel pretty well, and may be able to return to work and home activities.

  • Is it possible to return to work sooner than 5 days after breast augmentation surgery?

    Yes, in some cases. Our patients generally recover quickly from augmentation and some return to work 3 or 4 days after surgery. However, such a rapid return may be difficult on you and, therefore, we prefer that you reserve at least 5-7 days off from work and home responsibilities.

  • What type of anesthesia will be used, and who will administer it? What are their qualifications?

    Your procedure will be performed under general anesthesia, so you'll sleep through the entire operation. A board-certified anesthesiologist will administer your anesthesia and will remain with you until you wake up.

    How long will I be at the surgery center on my procedure day?

    You will arrive approximately one hour before your surgery start time. After your surgery, you will recover for a few hours before being released. You and your support person should plan on you spending about half of a day at the surgery center. More information on your day of surgery...

  • Where will my surgery be performed?

    Either at the Meridian Center For Surgical Excellence (adjacent to Connall Cosmetic Surgery) or the Center for Specialty Surgery.

  • Are these ambulatory surgery centers licensed?

    Yes. Both centers have been fully licensed by Federal and State of Oregon regulatory agencies.

    What does surgery center licensure mean?

    Facilities with this certification have been required to meet high standards for patient care and safety. It means that the Meridian Center For Surgical Excellence and the Center for Specialty Surgery have met rigorous standards and inspection, just like a hospital does, to insure the safety and professionalism of the facility. Outpatient facilities that have received licensure have established standardized protocols and routines similar to those used in hospitals and have been subjected to rigorous inspections that examine a wide range of issues, from safety equipment and procedures (like backup power and emergency medications) to office layout, staffing, and record-keeping.

  • I don't have a support person for my first night after surgery. Do you offer any options?

    Yes, we offer the Temporary Living Center at Meridian Park Hospital (TLC). You are welcome to stay at the TLC as long as needed. We will help make those arrangements for you.