Seattle Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder gives a tip for a more comfortable postoperative recovery.
Today I saw a lady for her preoperative visit for her upcoming tummy tuck. During this visit, I review the operative plan, do a physical exam, check any necessary lab work, write prescriptions, make sure all the patient’s questions are answered and make sure all of the paperwork is done.
I also use this preoperative visit to discuss recovery with the patient so they really know what to expect. I’ve been under the knife a time or two myself, so I really know what I’m talking about!
I often will recommend that tummy tuck and breast surgery patients buy a body pillow if they don’t already have one that they used during pregnancy. The body pillow can be used to make side sleeping more comfortable and safer for those patients who just cannot sleep on their back as recommended after surgery. They are also useful for keeping that man on his own side of the bed. When I was expecting, my husband referred to my BFF body pillow as the “Berlin Wall”.
Thanks for reading! Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder