Cosmetic surgery is an exciting and sometimes scary prospect for most people. Patients are given a lot of advice and instructions from medical personnel, sometimes more than they can remember, and all patients have concerns about how safe and comfortable they will be during the procedure. People who use a hearing aid have a unique set of concerns. Will they be able to keep their assistive device throughout the surgery? If not, how can they keep it safe and how quickly can they get it back? The following are some of the most important things to know about preparing for cosmetic surgery with a hearing device.
Before The Surgery
Before the procedure, patients can expect to have a consultation with a doctor or nurse who will take a detailed medical history. At that time, patients must remember to disclose the fact that they wear a hearing aid. The doctor will need to know what type of device it is, how it fits in the ear, and possibly what degree of hearing loss a patient has without it.
Preparing For Surgery
People with hearing loss typically follow the same steps as any other patient when preparing for a facelift. First of all, patients must stop taking blood thinners (including aspirin) before the surgery, and they usually can’t eat after midnight before the surgery. Other steps include washing the hair and face thoroughly, arranging for transportation, and stocking up on soft foods, like soup and pudding, that will be easy to eat during recovery.
Usually the hearing aid is left in place until it’s time to administer anesthesia. At that time, the hearing aid is removed and kept with the patient’s chart – rather than with a family member – so that the device can be re-introduced as soon as the patient is conscious enough to follow instructions. The chart will clearly show that the patient uses an assistive device, and the nurse may also tape a note to the patient’s gown indicating which ear has the device, if the patient uses only one.
Open communication is the key to a comfortable and safe cosmetic surgery experience. Doctors understand the needs of patients with hearing loss and are happy to accommodate those needs before, during, and after surgery.