Gynecomastia Pre-Op Requirements
LA Gynecomastia maintains the highest standards in patient care. We strongly emphasize safety, and therefore place a high degree of detail and focus on the gynecomastia pre-o preparation. We recognize the importance of taking care of every last detail.
At first glance, it may seem like a lot of information; however, it is actually quite simple, especially if you are in good health. Your patient coordinator will guide you through this process. However, generally speaking, your gynecomastia pre-op preparation can be broken down into 5 basic steps.
Obtaining Medical Clearance
For patients over 50 years old or for anyone with a pre-existing health condition. This clearance is typically obtained from your family doctor or other specialists most responsible for your health condition. This doctor will conduct a physical and may require lab work and other tests to ensure you are in good health and capable of undergoing general surgery. After reviewing the results of your physical and tests, your physician will typically indicate they are on board with your procedure and sign a letter stating you are optimized for general anesthesia.
Required Blood work
Patients undergoing general anesthesia are generally required to take a series of blood tests. Your patient coordinator will review the required tests with you and direct you on when and where to take them, but here is a general guide.
- CBC - complete blood count.
- PT/PTT - blood timing test.
- Chem 12 - a blood test that measures the levels of twelve substances in the blood.
- EKG - a test that measures the electrical activity of the heartbeat.
- PCP - Clearance from your primary care physician.
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Other tests may be required in addition to the above general requirements depending upon your individual health history and background.
Gynecomastia Pre-Op and Post-Op Instructions & Procedural Consents
After making your deposit and choosing your surgery date, we will send you all pre and post-operative instruction and procedural consents. When you receive them, please review and sign each page where indicated. You may highlight any areas of concern or make a list of any additional questions and your patient care coordinator will review and answer all your questions during your pre-operative phone appointment.
A special note, all patients considering surgery should avoid aspirin or any aspirin-containing products such as Advil or ibuprofen for 2 weeks prior to surgery and for 1 week after surgery. Depending on the severity of the Gynecomastia, you may be asked to quit smoking for 2 weeks prior. Please confirm with Dr. Cruise during your consultation, as smoking inhibits wound healing and can cause wound healing problems. For a complete list of all gynecomastia pre-op and post-op instructions, please click here: Patient Forms
Gynecomastia Pre-Operative Phone Call
A week or so prior to your departure to Orange County, your patient coordinator will contact you to make sure everything is in order. She will go over your questions and help you coordinate your stay so you may put your mind to rest that everything has been taken care of. During this phone appointment, we will review your pre-operative instructions sheet. We will also go over any dietary considerations and restrictions, review your list of prescribed medications, any you are currently taking, and those medications to avoid, we will coordinate appointments for your labs, and help you purchase all necessary surgical garments. Though we provide you with most surgical garments, you may need to purchase one or two prior to surgery in your own size if the garment needs to be customized. Once again, the purpose of this call is to put your mind at ease that everything is taken care of.