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 Surgery
You will:

  • Be given diagnostic testing slips
  • Be given medication prescriptions
  • 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.  You may undergo sedation or general anesthesia, depending on Dr. Swier’s recommendation
    • If you are admitted to a hospital, your stay will be short, typically one night.
  • You will emerge from surgery wearing a compression garment or elastic bandagesYou’ll be taken to recovery where you will be closely monitored
    • Discontinue use of compression garments after six weeks.

Before you are released you and an accompanying caregiver will be given instructions on:

  • How to care for the surgical site
  • 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
  • Soreness
  • Bruising
  • Discomfort controlled by medication

You will:

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