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How long is post-surgery recovery for ear surgery for pinning ears? I have been embarrassed about my protruding ears since i was a child and am thinking about having ear surgery to pin them back. I don't want to have a long recovery period though, because

How long is post-surgery recovery for ear surgery for pinning ears? I have been embarrassed about my protruding ears since i was a child and am thinking about having ear surgery to pin them back. I don't want to have a long recovery period though, because

It depends.: It depends on how the surgery is done, and who the surgeon is. We leave the big bandage on for 1-2 nights, and then ask the patient to wear a sports headband for 2 weeks all the time, then another 2-3 weeks just at night. ...Read more

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What are the best post-surgery foods to aid recovery?

What are the best post-surgery foods to aid recovery?

balanced diet: It is important to consume a balanced diet following any surgery. Smoking should be avoided at all costs. Diabetes should be closely controlled if present. Patients should rest. And if there is any significant swelling and bruising, i generally recommend patients take an oral supplement called arnica. This supplement is a natural remedy which rapidly improves bruising and swelling. ...Read more

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Could you please provide more details about my upcoming CMC surgery? I have questions, re: recovering timeline (both short-time, post-surgery and long-time complete recovery). Should I be concerned there's no preop planned? Also, is there any way to sc

Could you please provide more details about my upcoming CMC surgery?  I have questions, re: recovering timeline (both short-time, post-surgery and long-time complete recovery).  Should I be concerned there's no preop planned?  Also, is there any way to sc

Surgery on thumb?: To clarify, by CMC do you mean first carpometacarpal joint of the hand, for which a thumb arthroplasty is planned (or something else)? If so, the following link may prove helpful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jqOkBE-eHw ...Read more

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What to do about chalazion post surgery?

What to do about chalazion post surgery?

Dressing/stiches rem: Once the chalazion is surgically incised and if it is large you will need stiches and these need to be removed after 5to7 days, small ckalazion may not need stiches and the small wound need to be dressed till healed, it may take 5to7days as long as there is no complication like infection. ...Read more

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Please describe a good post surgery diet to lose weight?

Please describe a good post surgery diet to lose weight?

Negative balance: Weight loss is achieved by increasing energy/caloric expenditure and decreasing caloric intake. The combination of diet and exercise achieves negative caloric balance. Try "my fitness pal" a free app to help you. Isometrics burn calories. Eat half portions, avoid alcohol and sweet beverages, increase your veggies and switch to low fat foods. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long does it take for edema to go down post-surgery?

How long does it take for edema to go down post-surgery?

4wk to 1 year: Variable depending on the body site. The extremities including fingers, hands and feet can be about 4 weeks, and the face and nose can take all the way up to 1 year depending on the extent of the surgery. Best is to discuss with the surgeon who did your surgery. ...Read more

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What are some things to do to avoid post-surgery complications?

What are some things to do to avoid post-surgery complications?

Great Question!: A lot depends on the specific operation; however, in general, eat well, sleep well, avoid tobacco and alcohol, limit pain-medication, try to be active w/o overdoing it, and, most importantly, follow your surgeon's instructions. Remember: common sense goes a long way. ...Read more

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Are there stitches that dissolves in the body? I.E. No need for a post surgery to remove the stitches?

Are there stitches that dissolves in the body? I.E. No need for a post surgery to remove the stitches?

Yes!: Some sutures are designed to dissolve as the area heals. Others must be removed. All sutures that are deep in the chest or abdomen, for example, dissolve on their own. The external sutures you get in the emergency room may have to be removed; it's easy and usually painless. Your doctor should tell you what type of after-care you will need. Good luck. Lgromkomd. ...Read more

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Are post-surgery hives common to have?

Are post-surgery hives common to have?

Allergic reaction: Hives can be related to an early allergic reaction to one of your new medications. After surgery you likely have narcotic pain medications, sedative, antibiotic and others. Okay to call your pharmacy about possible allergic reaction to any new medication. Other possibilities exist, so call in to your surgery team as well. ...Read more

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Acl post surgery timeline. What's that like, what to do?

Acl post surgery timeline. What's that like, what to do?

Typical protocol for: Me is bracing in hinged brace. Dressing off at 4-7 days and then you can shower. Stitches out at 14 days. All the while therapy in the brace and wean out of brace 4-6 weeks once quad strength has returned. Crutch use typically is done by 2-3 weeks. Then pt 2-3 times a week until about 2-3 months. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about gallbladder removal, post surgery concerns?

Can you tell me about gallbladder removal, post surgery concerns?

Don't Need It: Generally speaking the loss of you gall bladder is unimportant in the scheme of things. I would not hesitate to have mine removed if it was not normally functioning. ...Read more

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How strong is the lasik flap 6 months post surgery? How much force would it take to dislodge it?

How strong is the lasik flap 6 months post surgery? How much force would it take to dislodge it?

Reasonably secure: Flap adhesion is usually good @ 6 months. However, all flaps are susceptible to dislodging with focal trauma. ...Read more

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Post surgery for acl, taking 1-3 months off lifting to recover for first time. Is this enough time?

Post surgery for acl, taking 1-3 months off lifting to recover for first time. Is this enough time?

Follow the Protocol: Your surgeon/physical therapist should have you on a specific protocol that maximizes your recovery and minimizes the risks. Things you should avoid are cutting/pivoting/jumping until you are cleared by your surgeon. ...Read more

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Whats the best cream for scars post surgery?

Whats the best cream for scars post surgery?

Save your money!: The only cream that can actually have a beneficial effect on scars is retinoids acid or a retinal all others are a waste of your money. Pretty much all 'scar creams' are scams. ...Read more

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What is the survival rate of glioblastoma IV patients post surgery?

What is the survival rate of  glioblastoma IV patients post surgery?

Life expectancy: Prognosis depends on patient age, location of the tumor and extent of resection. This is a tumor with close to 100% death rate. Expected length of survival (3months, 6months, about 1 year) is often used to describe what to expect. ...Read more

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Post-surgery care for gall bladder?

Post-surgery care for gall bladder?

Bland diet: Try a bland diet for 2-4 days and then advance to a diet you are comfortable with. Alcohol should be avoided for 7-10 days. Try not to get constiipated. ...Read more