How a Disabled Person Can Prepare for Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgery needs preparation not just from the doctor and the clinic side, but also from the patients. More so if the patient is intellectually or physically disabled. More preparations will be needed on his part and that of his family.

So how should a physically or an intellectually disabled person be prepared for his cosmetic or plastic surgery?

How a disabled person can prepare for plastic surgery
How can families prepare their disabled loved one for a plastic or cosmetic surgery? (Photo Credits)

The UK National Health Service has shared in their website pre-plastic surgery preparations that should guide families of disabled patients.

“Step 1: Fasting before surgery – On the day of your plastic surgery you will have to fast before surgery for a minimum of six hours so that your stomach is empty to reduce the risk of complications. Step 2: Seeing your plastic surgeon and anaesthetist – You will be seen by your Royal Free London plastic surgeon either the night before surgery or on the day. It may be necessary to mark some lines on you while you are awake. Marking is extremely important for two reasons. First, a mark may be used to identify the correct side for plastic surgery. Second, it might be necessary to mark you so that points on your body can be easily identified when you are asleep.”

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 Dietary preparations for plastic surgery

Huffpost meanwhile shared dietary preparations that should be observed by those who will undergo plastic surgery. Families of disabled individuals should look into these as these will be the ideal diet of their disabled family member prior to undergoing their cosmetic procedure.

“Eliminate unhealthy fat intake. Avoid margarine, deep fried foods and foods with trans-fat and saturated fat. (2) Increase your intake of monounsaturated oils. Use extra virgin olive oil, walnut, canola or flaxseed oils. (3) Eliminate the unhealthy “white” carbs. Avoid refined flours, sugars, white rice and foods high on glycemic index.”

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Food items to be avoided before surgery

Families of persons with disabilities should likewise watch out on the dietary restrictions for their disabled family member who will be undergoing plastic or cosmetic surgery. Livestrong.com shared these types of food in one of their blog posts.

Vegetables and fruits are also high in fiber and should be avoided 24 hours before surgery. According to the MayoClinic website, fiber is not easily digested by your body and it stays intact in your intestines. This residue material in your gut may complicate some types of surgeries. You should avoid high-fiber vegetables such as artichokes, peas and broccoli. Do not eat fruits including raspberries, pears, apples and oranges. If you do eat vegetables and fruits before surgery, consume varieties that have been cooked or canned.”

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There are indeed a handful of preparation that should be done prior to surgery. It is important that families of disabled individuals be aware of this to help ensure a successful procedure.