Hello, Congratulations, your surgery is planned with Dr Milind Naik. The following instructions/tips will help you prepare well for a successful surgery:
TWO WEEKS PRIOR Please discontinue all herbal medications, diet pills, Ayurvedic or Homeopathic medications as they may have side effects that could complicate a surgical procedure.
NO SMOKING and DRINKING. Stop smoking and drinking two weeks prior. Nicotine reduces blood flow to the skin and delays healing.
If you have specific medical problems like heart disease or diabetes, meet your regular physician to get clearance for surgery. If you have thyroid disorder, repeat blood tests to confirm it is normal.
ONE WEEK PRIOR
Stop ECOSPRIN or any other Blood thinners as it delays blood clotting. Consult your physician regarding this.
DO arrange for a responsible family member to drive you to and from the hospital, and who can spend the first 24-48 hours with you, since you may need help.
If your skin tolerates, use a germ-inhibiting soap for bathing, such as Dettol for a week before surgery. DO report any signs of cold, infection, boils, or pustules appearing on your face or elsewhere before surgery.
Make sure the contact number registered on your medical record is correct so we can reach you.
DAY OF SURGERY: Instructions for the PATIENT
If your surgery is under General Anaesthesia, DO NOT eat or drink anything (not even water) from the exact time specified to you. Also, no, candy, mints or coffee the morning of surgery. Cheating on this issue may be risky to your life. If your surgery is planned under local anaesthesia, you may have breakfast and lunch as per the timing of surgery.
DO brush your teeth the morning of surgery but do not drink anything. DO take a thorough shower with the medicinal soap and Shampoo your hair. This will decrease bacteria on the skin and thereby reduce the risk of infection.
DO wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes that do not have to be worn over your head. A button-up top and pull on pants is easy. Wear slippers/chappals.
DO NOT wear any jewellery (no rings, earrings, nose piercing, chains, toe rings, other metal piercings or watches). These bring in bacteria, and can fall into your nose/throat while giving anaesthesia.
DO NOT apply Make-up on the day of surgery: Foundation, concealer, creams, lotions, hair gels, sprays, perfumes, powder, or deodorant should be avoided. Using any of these products will add bacteria to the skin and increase the risk of infection. DO NOT wear contact lenses to surgery. If you regularly use glasses, bring your eyeglass case.
If you are on regular medications that physician has advised you to take on the day of surgery, have them with a sip of water. In general, thyroid and blood pressure tablets are to be taken, but blood sugar tablet is to be avoided (as you would remain fasting).
If you have any scans done (CT scan or MRI), please carry the plates along with you (just report is not enough).
Ask a responsible family member to drive you to the hospital. Your car driver is not accepted as a responsible accompanying person. Please plan your transport such that you reach ahead of the specified time. DON’T BE LATE.
DAY OF SURGERY: Instructions for the relatives
Once your patient is inside the Operation room, you would have time until he/she is done and out. Please have your breakfast and lunch on time.
During your waiting time, you may want to go through the common post-operative instructions for your own knowledge. You can find it online here: http://drmilindnaik.com/post-operative-care
If you are planning to stay in the hospital after surgery, you could ask the admission office staff to allow you to the ward room if it is ready. You could rest there. Keep your phone nearby, and accessible. Staff from OR may call you when you are needed.