What Is Rapid Recovery Nose Surgery?
Rapid recovery is a term that applies to some surgeons’ philosophy of using certain techniques before, during and post-operatively to increase the chances of a fast recovery, allowing patients to get back to their usual activities. The surgeon may use various technologies and tools to achieve this goal with different individuals. For example, during surgery a high definition 3D telescope diminishes the possibility of swelling and bruising since it allows the surgeon to avoid hitting small blood vessels and sensitive tissues. Different types of tissue glues can be used to speed up the wound healing process, and as a result tissue swelling and bruising that often occurs after surgery will be minimized. Herbal supplements sometime may be recommended by the surgeon to use after the surgery - they are supposed to help patients’ to ease the pain. Some plastic surgeons have on staff therapists who may provide manual lymphatic drainage massage as a post-operative procedure to help the healing process. Many surgeons offer professional camouflage make-up to their patients so that they can easily get back to their regular activities. The most important tip for the patients who wish to get better as quickly as possible is to follow the surgeon’s post-operational instructions closely. Smoking is prohibited at least a few days before and after surgery.
What can a patient do before surgery to help promote rapid recovery?
Carefully following the pre-surgery instructions given to you by Dr. Rizk’s office is one of the best ways to ensure a rapid recovery after rhinoplasty. These instructions will include the discontinuance of aspirin containing medicines such as Motrin, Advil, Aleve Excedrin, Bufferin, etc., 2 weeks prior to surgery. Take or use the medicine or supplements prescribed by Dr. Rizk, including Vitamin C and Bactroban ointment. Avoid drinking alcohol 48 hours prior to surgery and avoid drinking herbal teas and supplements such as St. John’s Wort and Echinacea, 1 week before going in for surgery.
What surgical techniques does Dr. Rizk use to enhance a rapid recovery?
There are several key surgical technologies used by Dr. Rizk to promote rapid recover. The first is the use of a 3D telescope, which allows for greater precision and smaller incisions. Second is his use of tissue glues and dissolvable sutures, which eliminates the need for nasal packing. Third, Dr. Rizk has pioneered a technique of partially closing incisions inside the nose, allowing for natural drainage. Fourth, he sculpts deeper under the muscle layers of the nose, where there are fewer blood vessels so less bruising occurs.
How does using a 3D telescope promote rapid recovery?
Dr. Rizk’s innovative use of high-definition 3D computer-assisted technology enables him to make smaller incisions and ensure greater accuracy during surgery. Due to this technique and advanced computer assisted technology, patients who undergo surgery can benefit from a much shorter recovery time – generally 5 days versus the standard 2 weeks. This method of rhinoplasty also leads to less bruising and tissue damage.
Does Dr. Rizk use packing after rhinoplasty?
With the introduction of tissue glues and dissolvable sutures, the need for nasal packing has essentially been eliminated. Dr. Rizk does not usually use packing after rhinoplasty. Sometimes he will use internal plastic splints if a really crooked septum is involved. However, patients can still breathe with the presence of the internal splints. Additionally, Dr. Rizk does not close the incisions inside the nose completely; rather he approximates the incisions and lets the fluid drain from between the stitches. This results in a much more rapid recovery than occurs from tightly closing the incisions. It also avoids the need for recovery prolonging drains.
What can a rhinoplasty patient do after surgery to speed up recovery?
Applying ice to the lower eyes for 2 days after rhinoplasty is one of the most important post-surgery procedures patients can follow as it diminishes swelling and bruising. Also, elevating the head on 2 pillows for 2 weeks after rhinoplasty surgery enables swelling to subside quicker. Keeping the inside of the nose moist after rhinoplasty by spraying nasal saline spray for 6 weeks is essential for an easy and rapid recovery. In addition, Dr. Rizk often will prescribe Bactroban ointment to be used inside the nose as well. Aspirin medications as well as St. John’s Wort, fish oil Vitamin E and ginkgo biloba should be avoided for 2 weeks following surgery, as these medications and supplements may promote bleeding and bruising. Dr. Rizk recommends taking Vitamin C for 2 weeks following surgery as well as prior to decrease swelling and promote healing.
With rapid recovery, when can a rhinoplasty patient expect to return to work?
On average, most patients will look presentable without signs of just having surgery after 1 week. If a nasal splint has been used, it will be removed 1 week following the surgery. You may be asked to use tape at night for a few weeks to decrease swelling if your skin is thick. Bruising or discoloration of the eyes is unusual with Dr. Rizk’s rapid recovery techniques. Moderate exercising can be resumed after 2 weeks, and more intense sports can be played after 6 weeks.
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