Prepare for a tummy tuck by getting required medical evaluations and lab testing, quitting smoking and adjusting current medications as ordered, advises the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Surgeons advise that patients avoid drugs that may increase bleeding, such as anti-inflammatory drugs, herbal supplements and aspirin.
For the two weeks prior to the surgery, most surgeons request that tummy tuck candidates stop smoking altogether, according to Medicinenet. Smoking can delay healing of the incisions made during the procedure and increases the likelihood of complications.
A preoperative consultation to go over specifics of the procedure and review medications taken by the patient is necessary, reports Medicinenet. Certain medications may need to be stopped prior to and after the surgery to ensure the safety of the patient.
Patients having surgery in an outpatient surgery center or hospital should prearrange for transportation home from the hospital after the procedure, notes the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The patient should also have someone stay the night following the surgery.
Stocking the home with ice packs, loose clothing, a bathroom chair and handheld shower ensures optimal postoperative care, recommends Medicinenet. A telephone should also be within reach of the patient for the first day or so after surgery in the event that complications arise.