What to do when you go home after an Arm Lift
Following an arm lift, ensure that you have someone to take you home and who can look after you for at least a couple of days. Also:
- Use recommended painkillers as required.
- After 5 to 10 days you will need to return for surgical drains to be removed and any surface stitches or staples to be removed.
- You will need to wear a surgical stocking for 3 – 4 weeks to help provide support and help with the skin re-draping, (especially if liposuction was performed).
What about post-surgery exercise?
Light exercise is usually recommended. This helps with the healing process. It also reduces the chance of developing blood clots. It is vital to remember, however, that you must not undertake strenuous exercise routines.
What about caring for my children?
If you have small children they may need to be cared for by your spouse or another guardian for the first few days.
When can I return to normal activities?
Your surgeon will advise you about this.
When can I return to work?
Most patients are able to go back to work two/three weeks after surgery.
What about post-operative visits?
Four to five post-operative office visits are required.
How can I prepare at home before surgery?
- Unless you have someone who can cook for you, you should shop for food and treats such as prepared meals, frozen dinners, puddings and such. You can also cook a few meals ahead of time and freeze portions.
- Instead of heavy 2-litre bottles, buy bendable straws and canned drinks.
- Clean your house – or have it cleaned. You are not going to be up to housecleaning for at least a few days after your surgery, and probably longer.
- Take out the rubbish, recycling, etc. so you don’t have to worry about it when you get home after your procedure.
- Do all your laundry and change the sheets on the bed.
- Make a ‘Things to Do’ list (pay bills, change thermostat settings, errands, feed the pets, whatever) to remind your significant other what needs to be done.
- Purchase all of your medications, vitamins and bandages beforehand so that you have them ready.
- Place all medications either in a weekly pill case or in labelled containers. Mark the containers with the day and time you need to take them.
- Ask a friend or neighbour to look after your pet until you’re on your feet again.
- Have a table by your bed or reclining chair prepared with all of your medications, ample light, bottled water, a few packages of crackers, remote control (with new batteries!) and your phone.
- Have a night light set up so you don’t fall during late night bathroom trips. Medications can make you disoriented.
- Get some extra blankets, since you may get the chills after surgery.
- Place anything you usually need on a daily basis at hip level or on counters so that you don’t have to reach up or bend down. This means canned and dry goods in the kitchen and toiletries in the bathroom.
- Have your dressing gown and slippers nearby. Get slippers with non-slip soles, since you will be a bit unsteady on your feet for a few days.
- Have a few comfortable oversized shirts that open from the front on hand, as well as some loose elastic or drawstring sweat pants or pyjama bottoms.
- You may want ‘black out’ shades or curtains at your windows so that when you do get to sleep – regardless of the hours – you can stay asleep.
- If you think television, video games, or reading are eventually going to bore you or stress your eyes, have a CD or tape player on hand with your favourite relaxing music.
- Put crockery, cups and other frequently used items in low, easy-to-reach places.
- Have lots of pillows on hand.
What if something goes wrong?
Once you’re home, contact your surgeon immediately if you:
- Experience shortness of breath, chest pains or unusual heart beats.
- Notice any signs of infection.
- Experience bleeding.
- Experience a sudden increase in pain.
Above all, get plenty of rest and allow your body to spend its energy on healing.
Find out more
Only through an in-depth discussion with your surgeon will you be able to understand the risks, benefits and expected outcomes of this procedure.
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