What to Expect During Surgery

Below are pictures of Dr. Movagharnia hard at work in the operating room.

Dr. Movagharnia hard at work

During your time in the operating room there will be a full hospital staff at hand. This team includes a surgical technician, a couple of operating room nurses, a board-certified anesthesiologist and Dr. Movagharnia. Although you will be asleep and will have no recollection of this, they will be hard at work making sure all aspects of the surgery are executed safely and properly. The entire staff will make sure that your short stay at the hospital is as comfortable and pleasant as possible.

During the day of your surgery you will be asked to arrive early for check-in and prep work. During that time you would have been expected not to have eaten any food or drunk any fluid for at least 8 hours prior to anesthesia induction. With each surgery and each patient being unique in nature, Dr. Movagharnia will do one last interview with you in which he will thoroughly review the intended procedure before beginning. At this time he will mark your body with a surgical marker to make sure you are both “on the same page” regarding the intended surgical site. This is the time to ask any last-minute questions. You will read your post-operative instructions, and the original instruction sheet will be given to your family to read during the time you are in the operating room (just in case they have any other questions that Dr. Movagharnia has to address).

After your surgery is finished, you will be in the recovery room for a couple of hours until you are awake and able to drink fluid. After that, you will be with your family for an hour or two in the same room as where you were marked for your surgery by Dr. Movagharnia before you are allowed to go home. The nurse who is taking care of you will give you pain pills prior to your discharge. Once you are able to tolerate fluid and your vital signs are stable, you will be sent home with your family.

Here at CCRS we strive to make all of our patients feel comfortable and well taken care of during this exciting time of their lives. Cosmetic surgical procedures, although elective, are still serious and as important of as other non-elective procedures. If Dr. Movagharnia feels the pre-surgical instructions were not strictly followed and/or it is discovered a patient has an underlying health issue that can cause problems during surgery, Dr. Movagharnia WILL NOT proceed with the surgery. Your safety is our #1 priority.

Dr. Movagharnia hard at work

Preoperative Preparation for Surgery

1. Vitamin C 1000 mg: Start taking 2000 to 3000 mg a few days prior to your surgery in divided dosage.

2. Increase your protein intake at least one weak prior to your surgery. Stop dieting. Stop taking all diet pills and herbs.

3. Start taking Arnica Montana (which can be purchased from a health food store, GNC) 10 days before and for a month after your surgery. This helps with bruising. Take 5 pills per day.

4. Consume a light diet for a couple of days prior to surgery as pain medicines will make you constipated.

5. The day prior to surgery, drink more water than usual and cut down on your salt intake. Drink enough water until your urine is clear.

6. The night before surgery take a shower and use the Hibiclens Soap that my office' staff gave you. Use the entire bottle of soap on your body from your neck down in place of your shower gel/soap.

7. Do NOT eat or drink 8 hrs prior to your surgery time. Please brush your teeth prior to leaving for the hospital. Do not swollow the water.

8. Take medicines that have been prescribed for your heart, lungs and gastrointestinal tracts with a small sip of water a couple of hours before surgery (if you take them in the morning).

9. Do not forget to make your bed or the place that you will be resting after you get home, and prepare the room before leaving for the hospital.

10. Please arrive on time for your surgery and bring all the paperwork for the hospital that was given to you by my office.

11. Bring enough cash for your post-op medicines or bring your insurance card.

12. I need to see you in ____ days after your surgery. Please call for an appointment (if you don’t have already one).

13. You will not be allowed to shower until _____ days after your surgery. If you have drainage tubes, you will have to wait until they have been removed and the holes have scabbed over.