Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Important Points to Consider About the Surgery Process

This information sheet has been prepared to help you understand how to prepare for your surgical procedure. Many of the common questions patients ask are answered below. This will help you understand what you need to do to make the process as simple and stress-free as possible. If you are taking supplements, even if they are "natural", please check with me. Also review the list of supplements to avoid before surgery. It is important that you read this information carefully and completely.

Day Before Surgery

In general, you will need to be at the hospital at least 2 hours before the scheduled time of your surgery.

Please do not shave near your surgery area. Shaving can irritate your skin, which can lead to infection.

Please check that all documents required for admission have been filled out correctly and brought with you to the hospital; This will speed up your admission process.

Surgery Day

Unless otherwise stated, please take your routine medications or other medications on the morning of surgery.

You can take any oral medication with a small sip of water.

Then you can brush your teeth and drink a small sip of water.

You cannot consume any food until 6 hours before the planned surgery time.

Wear loose, comfortable clothing and flat shoes. Wear clothing that buttons up the front instead of items that need to be pulled over your head.

Leave all your jewelry and other valuables at home. If you are wearing contact lenses, please do not wear them on the morning of surgery, put on your glasses.

Please remove body piercings if possible.

Please come to the hospital at the specified time.

Due to the nature of the surgery and the possibility of emergency cases, the start of your surgery may be delayed or your start time may be earlier than expected in case of last minute cancellations. Please be understanding and kind to other patients. If possible, bring something to read and arrive early.

Finally, if you have any concerns or questions, please contact our clinic.

Post-Operative Instructions to Patients

This information sheet has been prepared to help you understand how to care for your surgical incisions in the postoperative period. Many of the common questions patients ask are answered below. This will help you understand what you need to do and any restrictions you need to follow to get the best results from your surgery. It is important that you read this information carefully and completely.

Things to Do Immediately After the Procedure

In "day cases" performed under local anesthesia and conscious sedation, you can eat and drink something when you return to the ward after recovery.

If you are medically stable and feeling well, you can be discharged after two hours.

You will be considered legally incapacitated for 24 hours after the procedure; Please make sure there is a responsible adult to assist you. You cannot drive after the procedure.

In cases requiring overnight stay, which is usually performed under general anesthesia, you can eat and drink something when you feel well enough. Sometimes after anesthesia, nausea may continue for a few hours. You will be given medication for this, but these medications may not be fully effective in all cases. We will keep the intravenous access line (“intravenous line”) open overnight for both medications and extra fluids.

Post-Surgery Appointments

If you have not yet confirmed your post-operative appointment, please call my clinic on the day of your discharge to schedule your follow-up appointment for approximately one week after surgery, unless I specifically instruct you otherwise. You can reach us through our clinic number and whatsapp line.

Post-Operative Medications (Pain Control and Antibiotics)

In most cases, I use additional local anesthesia (nerve block) to help control post-operative pain. You will also be prescribed additional pain medication. It is very important to take your painkillers regularly before your pain becomes uncontrollable. This way the medicine is more effective and smaller total doses are required. Dont be overly concerned about the exact dosing schedule, as long as you dont exceed the maximum daily recommended dose. Take your medicine as soon as you feel you need it. Constant "burning" pain that occurs after 2 weeks is NOT NORMAL and may require additional treatment; If you encounter such a situation, please contact our clinic.

If I am prescribing antibiotics, it is very important to take them exactly as prescribed and finish the course. Base Thrush (Candida infection) is a common complaint in female patients after taking a course of antibiotics. Please contact our clinic as a very effective treatment is available with a prescription.

Wound healing

After 5-7 days, the enzymes that enable wound healing become very active in the deep layers and prepare the wound for new collagen formation. At this point the wound is at its weakest but the pain becomes less severe. This makes this period dangerous as patients tend to overexert themselves. Please be more careful when moving during this period. Occasional pain after this (typically described as "stabbing or piercing") is very common and can be considered a normal part of wound healing. A "buzzing" or "electric shock" sensation is also common and may be considered a normal part of the healing process. These sensations usually subside within 6 weeks. By the 3rd week, new tissue is formed very actively by the cells in the wound and this period is very critical for a good result. Although new tissue settles, the overall wound strength is still only 10-20% of the final strength. Due caution must still be maintained. By the end of the 6-week period, the wound strength will approach 90% of its final strength and you can increase your activity level accordingly.

Post-Surgery Wound Care and Scar Management

Where surgical drainage is used, you will be given specific instructions for this. The drain usually remains in until the drainage reduces to an acceptable volume. This can take from 1 day to 3 weeks. Surgical wound care is a shared responsibility between patient and medical staff. Unless you receive specific instructions, the management protocol we will communicate to you after surgery is my general recommendation.

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