Saturday, January 8, 2011

After Multiple Procedures

The longer a patient is under general anesthesia, the longer the recovery period after.  This is because anesthesia strongly affects the cardiovascular system.  For this reason, there are some surgeons who prefer having to put their patients through surgery only once for a longer duration.  Soreness is generally greater after multiple procedures, and swelling usually lingers longer, therefore the option of more than one procedure during a single session is only an option for those who have adequate time to recover.  On the flip side, some surgeons wish to perform procedures on their patients one at time so that the progress can be gauged after each surgery, and the next can be altered, where necessary, to produce better, more directed results.   
Whichever option you choose, as always, you should do so carefully.  Select board certified physicians, allow for sufficient recovery time, and always follow your doctor's instructions as closely as possible. 

In this cultural climate where the cosmetic surgery boom meets the reality T.V. craze, doctors are enjoying an increase of patients at their front door.  This doesn't always translate to success, however, if the patient's expectations hover over the realm of the possible. Now is the time for patients to be educated, prepared and willing to make the necessary lifestyle changes.     

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