Consultation and Evaluation

First you will:

  • Discuss your specific goals with Dr. Swier
  • Have your physical and emotional health evaluated
  • Learn the likely outcomes and potential risks of the procedure
  • Get a course of treatment recommended by Dr. Swier
  • Ask questions and get answers to help you understand the process

Be sure to:

  • Openly share your expectations
  • Disclose your complete health history, current medications, and use of vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drugs
  • Commit to precisely follow all of Dr. Swier’s instructions

Before your surgery you will:

  • Be given diagnostic testing
  • Be given medication prescriptions to help with postoperative discomfort and nausea
  • Be given day-of-surgery instructions and medications
  • Be given specific information related to the use of anesthesia
  • Be given postoperative care and follow-up instructions
  • Be given consent papers and a request to sign them prior to surgery
  • Learn the risks of surgery and discuss them with Dr. Swier


The Day of Surgery

  • Your procedure may be performed in a hospital or an outpatient surgery center.
  • If you are admitted to a hospital, your stay will be short, typically one night
  • You may undergo local or general anesthesia, depending on Dr. Swier’s recommendation
  • You will emerge from surgery wearing a compression garment or elastic bandages
  •  One small, or occasionally two small, thin tubes may be temporarily placed under your skin to drain any excess blood that may collect
  • You’ll be taken to recovery where you will be closely monitored

Before you are released you and an accompanying caregiver will learn:

  • How to care for the surgical site and drains
  • What medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce discomfort and the potential for infection
  • Specific things to look for during healing
  • When to follow up with Dr. Swier


The Recovery Process

Common conditions during initial healing include:

  • Swelling
  • Numbness below the umbilicus and around the incisions
  • Soreness
  • Bruising
  • Discomfort controlled by medication

You must:

  •  Avoid bending, straining or lifting for several days
  • Not stand fully upright to avoid stressing any internal sutures as they heal for four to five days
  • Sleep with pillows elevating your knees
  • Practice diligent sun protection until the healing process is complete
  • Avoid heavy lifting or strenuous exercise until you are fully healed

You will:

  • Return to light, normal activity when you feel ready, usually seven to ten days
  • Have sutures removed within seven to ten days
  • Experience a dissipation of swelling over a period of several weeks
  • Be encouraged to keep your weight in control