If you are taking any medications listed above, they should be discontinued 2 weeks prior to surgery and only Tylenol should be taken for pain. All other medications that your are currently taking must be specifically cleared by your doctor prior to surgery. It is absolutely necessary that all of your current medications be specifically cleared by your doctor and the nursing staff.
Hospitals, outpatient surgical facilities and surgeons are all seeking to improve the surgical outcomes of the patients they treat especially those patients facing surgical procedures. Improving the surgical outcome is important for both surgeon and patient.
Taking steps during the pre-operative period prior to surgery can make a difference between a successful procedure and an unsuccessful outcome. Plastic and Reconstructive surgery depends on patient compliance before and after the surgical procedure. By reducing their risks of complications, patients should follow physician instructions before and after their surgical procedure. Some very important steps occur prior to surgery such as:
Since post-operative complications can occur, Dr. Howard will need to see the patient should a complication come into question. Please contact Dr. Howard’s office for instructions should you believe you are experiencing a post-operative complication. Expect Dr. Howard to request you report to his office so he may evaluate your condition. For your convenience, an afterhours answering service phone number is available on Dr. Howard’s voicemail message system by calling our office at 205-871-3361. Maintaining patient compliance by following Dr. Howard’s post-operative instructions and keeping your appointments are important to your surgical outcome.
As of 2014, federal law requires all narcotic prescriptions be presented in written form. Refills of narcotic prescriptions require a new written prescription. Narcotic pain medications are no longer allowed to be “called-in.” Narcotics will only be prescribed between one to two weeks after your procedure. There are, of course, occasional exceptions to the rule. We will need to see you to re-evaluate your condition prior to renewing your prescription.
If you are currently taking or have been recently prescribed narcotic prescriptions, you will need to discuss your elective surgery plans with that physician so a sufficient post-surgical pain management treatment plan can be arranged between that physician and Dr. Howard. If you are under the supervision of a pain management physician, we expect you to disclose this information at your initial visit. Failure to do so will jeopardize your relationship with Dr. Howard and could violate your relationship with your pain management physician.