Doctor Urzola does his very best to control the pain in all of his patients, however the surgery that you have scheduled will not be a pain free surgery. You should expect to have moderate pain for a few days after surgery and then it begins to taper off lasting for a few weeks. It’s important to take note that in Costa Rica narcotics are administered in a different fashion than many other countries. They are available in Costa Rica, but patients should know that they are very expensive and come pre-packed therefore you cannot be prescribed less than 30 pills which increases the cost.
After your surgery you will be fitted into a surgical garment that will provide adequate compression. Your post op garments should be worn for 30 days after surgery, 24 hours a day other than when you take a shower. Your garment will help to reduce edema, bruising and pain.
Dr. Urzola determines if you will need drains based on several technical factors. If you have drains you can review drain instructions at: explantcostarica.com/drain-instructions
You will see Dr. Urzola several times during your visit to Costa Rica. Your first visit will be around 2-3 days after surgery and your last visit will be the day before you depart Costa Rica. Should you need a follow-up after your departure you are welcomed to set up a Skype appointment or set up an in-person appointment.
What if I have complications after departing Costa Rica
Dr. Urzola does not abandon his patients after their departure from Costa Rica. He is committed to your full recovery. Should you run into complications after your departure Dr. Urzola will see you through them.
You will begin post-op lymphatic massages 2-3 days post op. These appointments will be made for you and will be performed at Dr. Urzola’s office. It is mandatory to continue your massages after you depart Costa Rica. At least 10 massages are recommended. It is very important NOT to massage the breasts or areas where the fat was transferred, as it will produce the fat cells to die.
We recommend at least 5 Hyperbaric Chamber treatments following your fat transfer. Your first Hyperbaric Chamber Therapy (HBOT) will be scheduled the morning after your surgery and the rest of the sessions will be scheduled the 2 nd and 3 rd day after your surgery. If you would like more sessions, let your patient coordinator know and she will schedule more for you. If you are claustrophobic speak with Dr. Urzola to devise a plan for your situation. HBOT has been shown to aid in wound healing, stimulate growth of the new blood vessels, improve circulation and speed up the injury recovery process.