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          Preoperative Shopping List

          You may not need all of the items listed below, and you may already have many of them on your shelf at home. This list is provided for your convenience as a source of ideas. Make your own additions on the blank lines provided.


          Pharmacy/Online

          Medications:

          ___ pain meds ____________________________________________

          ___ antibiotics ____________________________________________

          ___ anti-inflammatory meds _________________________________

          ___ blood pressure meds (if applicable) ________________________

          ___ other _________________________________________________

          ___ other _________________________________________________

          ___ other _________________________________________________

          Other Supplies:

          ___ pill case

          ___ med time chart to keep track of when to take your meds.

          ___ birth control (some antibiotics can interfere with birth control pills, so choose a back-up form of protection)

          ___ dressings, gauze, Bacitracin

          ___ Hibiclens or antibacterial soap

          ___ Arnica Montana and/or Bromelain

          ___ over the counter (OTC) sleep meds (or ask your surgeon for a prescription)

          ___ thermometer

          ___ mild stool softeners (like Colace)

          ___ silicone sheeting, Kelocote, steri-strips, Mederma for your scars

          ___ moist towelettes, make-up remover towelettes

          ___ topical arnica

          ___ oral Vitamin C

          ___ oral Vitamin E

          ___ ACE bandage or STRAP (if applicable).

          ___ OTC muscle relaxers (ask your surgeon first!)

          ___ hot water bottles/heating pads for your back

          ___ shea nut butter

          ___ hand moisturizer

          ___ boxes of Kleenex


          Grocery Store

          ___ bags of frozen berries or peas (to use as an ice pack)

          ___ Ritz crackers, vanilla wafers, Cheez-its or Goldfish crackers

          ___ bottled water, electrolyte or energy drinks (ask your surgeon if these are okay)

          ___ Daikon (root vegetable for cleansing the bowels)

          ___ frozen dinners

          ___ low sodium soups

          ___ pudding and Jell-O

          ___ fresh fruit

          ___ cookies or other snacks

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          Department Store or Other

          ___ LOTS of fluffy pillows

          ___ whistle, walkie-talkie or an intercom system

          ___ camera

          ___ journal

          ___ ink pens

          ___ supportive bras, sports bras, surgical bras, etc.

          ___ video games

          ___ bucket or pail with lid (for nausea)

          ___ fresh batteries for remote, booklight, etc.

          ___ pajamas, robe or oversized, comfortable shirts that button in the front

          ___ pair of slippers (or several pair of thick socks)

          ___ hand mirror

          ___ hair "scrunchies"

          ___ Music CDs/MP3 player

          ___ body pillow(s)

          ___ flashlight or nightlight for late-night bathroom trips

          ___ lap top with long cord

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            Joseph A. Mele, MD, FACS

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            Walnut Creek, CA 94598
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            A.J. Khalil, MD

            A.J. Khalil, MD
            436 North Roxbury Dr
            Suite #207
            Beverly Hills, CA 90210
            (323) 856-1941
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