Before your surgery, your surgeon may order some tests and do some examinations. You should tell your surgeon about any health problems you have.
Smoking slows down the rate of wound healing and increases the risk of infection as well as failure of the graft or flap. You need to stop smoking for at least a week before surgery and until the graft and donor site have healed.
If you smoke, now would be a good time to quit. The free HCF Quit Smoking app can help you kick the habit.
Uncontrolled diabetes affects the rate of wound healing. It can also increase the risks of general anaesthesia. If you have diabetes, make sure it’s well controlled before your surgery. Let your surgeon and anaesthetist know if you have diabetes.
Some medications that may affect the outcome of the surgery include blood-thinners (such as aspirin, clopidogrel or warfarin), steroids or chemotherapy drugs. If you’re taking these, you’ll need to discuss it with your surgeon.
Discussing the type of surgery
Skin graft and flap surgery needs to be carefully planned. It can be done in a variety of ways. You should discuss with your surgeon the type of surgery that is best for you.
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