What preoperative treatments and medications, intraoperative techniques, and postoperative treatments and medications do Dr. Rizk use?
May 17th, 2013
Dr. Rizk’s rhinoplasty regimen consists of numerous treatments and medications, intraoperative techniques and postoperative treatments and medications.
Prior to surgery, Dr. Rizk suggests his patients take Vitamin C. Preparing for surgery is actually more a matter of avoiding certain supplements and medications. These include Motrin, Advil, Aleve, Excedrin, Bufferin and any other medications and supplements that can thin the blood. Such medications can lead to increased bleeding, and should therefore be avoided for two weeks before surgery.
Dr. Rizk also recommends that his patients avoid alcohol for 48 hours before surgery, and that they stop taking herbal supplements and teas one week before surgery. Smokers should quit smoking a minimum of one month before surgery.
Dr. Rizk uses a unique combination of techniques during surgery (i.e., intraoperative techniques). For example, he uses special tissue glues and dissolvable sutures that eliminate the need for nasal packing and speed up wound healing. For patients with crooked septums, he may use plastic splints. He is also well known for his use of partially closed sutures during rhinoplasty, which allow fluid to drain and lead to less swelling. Finally, Dr. Rizk uses a high-definition 3D telescope to avoid small blood vessels and sensitive tissues, thereby diminishing swelling and bruising.
Postoperatively, Dr. Rizk often prescribes pain-killers and recommends that his patients use herbal supplements such as arnica montana, which may reduce swelling. He also provides rhinoplasty patients with a Vitamin K and medrol dose pack, as well as Bactroban ointment. In some cases he recommends manual lymphatic draining for his rhinoplasty patients.