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Englewood, CO 80113
155 S. Madison St.
Denver, CO 80209
Within Blue Sky PT Office
Healing from a surgical procedure can be a complicated and
frustrating experience. Outcomes may be different than
expected, complications may arise, and the need to stay at home to
rest and recover might be longer than planned.
Instead of merely lying around and waiting for time to heal your
surgical wounds, engage in some simple proactive tools to help the
1. Diet - eating well for
Reduce salt. Salt encourages our body to retain water, so
get rid of unwanted swelling by eating foods that are low in
No Gatorade. It may seem counterintuitive, but the
sports drink is filled with sodium encouraging water retention.
Increase protein. Protein is essential with wound
healing, muscle and skin re-growth and repair and prevention of
hair loss. Make sure that every meal or snack includes a good
source of protein.
Decrease Sugar. The intake of sugar can suppress the
immune system, upset the body's mineral balance, and increase
fasting levels of blood glucose.
Eat small amounts many times throughout the
day. - Especially to avoid nausea and bloating.
Wine. Wine works as a diuretic, so consuming a glass of
wine post-operatively can be helpful for post-surgical
swelling. Do not mix alcohol with any prescription drugs.
2. Move! - to increase
circulation and the flow of lymph fluid.
Walk. Rest for the first 24 hours, then slowly get back
into your normal daily activities as tolerated. In the early
stages of post-surgical recovery many physicians request that heart
rate is not to be elevated. An option for this is walking in
a neighborhood or mall at a normal shopping pace, not an exercise
pace. You can do this for any length of time. Quit if
you experience fatigue, dizziness or experience nausea.
Exercise. At three weeks post-op most patients are free
to exercise again. Be sure to check with your surgeon and
comply with their specific post op instructions.
3. Hydration - drink low-calorie,
Water, Skim Milk, Diet Nestea, Diet V-8 Splash, Tea, Diluted
Fruit Juice (about 4 oz. /day), Flavored water (i.e. Propel) and
Crystal Light. - stay away from Gatorade due to high levels of
Watermelon. This tasty fruit is filled with water.
4. Rest - listening to the needs of
A week or so after your surgery your conscious mind may be telling
you that you 'should' be getting back to your 'normal' life.
Remember that your body's in trauma for 6 weeks following the
surgery. Heed what it's telling you to do. Sleep if it
says that you're tired, eat if you experience hunger pains and
drink if you feel thirsty.
5. Soulstice Peri-operative Therapy - our integrated
manual post-operative techniques.
Lymph Drainage. To reduce unwanted swelling
Fascial Reorganization. To reduce lumps, bumps,
and tightened connective tissue and muscle.
Facilitated Stretching. To aid and guide a
patient back to proper mobility and function.
Scar Manipulation. Combating scar thickening and to
help tissue normalization.
Stress Reduction. Helping to calm the nervous
system so that people feel better about their surgical experience,
and alleviate post-op depression.
6. Clothing - knowing what to
Itching. Consider using a men's basic tank top underneath
your compression garment for itching issues. These t-shirts
are nice and snug and conform to the body, unlike a regular t-shirt
would. Don't hesitate to cut to size.
Drain Holders. Consider attaching shoe
strings to your drains to help in the shower.
No Tight Waistbands. Avoid wearing anything that's
binding in the midsection following a lipo procedure. That
includes elastic waistbands and belts.
Garments. If you've been directed to wear one, be sure
to purchase two, so that you can wash one while wearing the
other. When garments become loose remember that they're
not working anymore.
Large Exercise Ball. Use to stretch post-surgically and
break up adhesions (great after lipo procedures) Rotate in all
directions. Lay on back, sides and stomach.
8. Self Massage - in between treatments
Mechanical Massage Units. Great for 'at home' self massage -
especially for tummy tuck and lipo procedures.
Soulstice recommends a Homedics unit that has a contoured head
- perfect for thighs and flank regions.
9. Scar Care
How to minimize a scar. There are many ideas and
suggestions of ways to decrease the size of a surgical scar.
We've discovered that the applicator (a.k.a. your finger) is
the most effective tool to help minimize your scar. The act
of 'rubbing' the scar is the best way to stimulate blood flow,
therefore encouraging the flow of skin-rejuvenating oxygen and
Ointments. Some of these include vitamin C, silicone
dressing, or Mederma scar cream. While these may or may not
be effective, we have found that applying a thin layer of petroleum
jelly on a completely closed and sealed scar, and covering
with an adhesive bandage, is the best way to minimize the
appearance, feel, and look of a scar.
Silicone Sheeting. Helps to keep a scar warm and
moist, therefore aids in scar healing.
Sunscreen! Newly formed scar tissue has no
pigmentation. Avoid sun exposure on your scar for a minimum
of one year after your surgery. Sun exposure on scars may
cause permanent discoloration. A stick sunscreen will provide
the most protection. Alternatively, a sunscreen lotion with a
minimum of SPF 15, broad-spectrum protection and Parsol 1789 is
also acceptable. Be sure to check with your physician for
their particular sun screen recommendations.
Sarna Ultra Anti-itch Lotion. This product may
be found at a local drugstore.
This material is provided for your information only and
may not be construed as medical advice or instruction. No action or
inaction should be taken based solely on the contents of this
information; instead, readers should consult appropriate health
professionals on any matter relating to their health and
The information and opinions expressed here are believed to
be accurate, based on the best judgement available to the authors.
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differences in opinion and welcomes the exchange of different
viewpoints. In addition, Soulstice, Ltd. is not
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