Planning your operation is very important, for you and for us. Please read with attention the following information.
During your preoperative facial feminization consultation we will ask you to sign an informed consent for the operation. If you wish you can already take a look at it so there are no surprises.
We will provide you with these postoperative instructions on paper in the clinic.
If you live not too far from Antwerp it is not a problem you return home the day after surgery and come for a postoperative consultation with Dr van de Ven 8 days after surgery.
If there is no fever above 39° or serious coughing (bronchitis), there is no problem.
The reason this is sometimes requested is for the anesthesiologist’s monitoring of the pulse oximeter, which measures the level of oxygen in the blood. This can also be monitored and measured by attaching the sensor to the toe or earlobe, so our anaesthesiologist does not request to remove gel nails.
We strongly advise you so.
You can continue your HRT treatment before, during and after your FFS. You will receive an anti-thrombotic injection the day before surgery to prevent blood clotting. We prefer you to continue taking your hormones because FFS is emotionally already perturbing enough without messing with your hormone balance.
Only for implant surgery of the buttock and hips we ask to stop one week before the surgery. The day after surgery you can continue your HRT treatment. This because this type of surgery implies some immobilisation (obliged) after the surgery. In this case the risk for blood clots is higher.
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