Surgery is Just the Beginning and Lifestyle Makes it Last
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May 3, 2012
Middletown, NY — In honor of National Women’s Health Week, May 13-19, 2012, Hudson Valley Ambulatory Surgery, LLC, offers tips for women who have undergone surgical procedures. A few simple lifestyle measures can help women extend the benefits of their surgery into lasting health.
“Many patients think of surgery as a one-time treatment, and that once it’s over, they don’t have to do anything else,” says Robert Feldman, MD, FACS at Hudson Valley Ambulatory Surgery. “In fact, what they do after surgery can speed up healing, improve the outcome of surgery, and offer protection. Five simple actions not only help women after an operation but can improve the health of all members of the family.”
- Manage weight. Being overweight increases risk of diabetes, a disease that interferes with wound healing. Weight gain after cosmetic surgery can change the appearance of augmented area. And some studies suggest that weight gain increases risk of breast cancer recurrence.
- Follow the surgeon’s recommendations for physical activity. Physical activity boosts circulation, helps rebuild muscles and strength, and burns calories.
- Stop smoking. Smoking delays wound healing and affects circulation. It also causes premature aging of the skin, which can result in wrinkles and lessen the long-term success of cosmetic procedures.
- Wear sunscreen. New guidelines from the Food and Drug Administration require that sunscreen labels to say whether a product provides broad spectrum protection or just protection from sunburn but not wrinkles or skin cancer. Apply sunscreen generously and often to protect skin and surgical scars.
- Wear sunglasses. Protect eyes after cataract surgery, as well as at all times, with sunglasses that block at least 99 percent of UVB rays and 95 percent of UVA rays. Sunglasses and a large-brimmed hat also protect skin around the face and eyes from the type of sun damage that can increase risk of developing wrinkles, discoloration, and skin cancer.
National Women’s Health Week is coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health and empowers women to make their health a top priority.
Hudson Valley Ambulatory Surgery, LLC, is located at 75 Crystal Run Road, Suite 225, Middletown, NY 10941. For additional information, call 845-692-9900. Dr. Feldman can also be reached by calling 845-986-7830.