Hi everybody, I’m Dr. David Reath.
And I’m going to talk to you about this week’s Truth-O-Meter Tuesday question.
We asked a question that I get a lot of times, either through emails or in talking with patients,
and that is how to deal with swelling after surgery–particularly something like a tummy-tuck.
And what we said was this: the use of diuretics is not a good idea for post-operative swelling.
And the answer, which everybody got correct, is True.
Diuretics have many very good uses, but they are not good for post-operative swelling,
and in fact can be very harmful because they have very little effect on the swelling and
end up making you dehydrated. Unfortunately swelling after a surgery like
this kinda has a mind of its own and it’s going to take a while to resolve.
There are some things you can do to help, such as reducing salt intake–because when
you do have a lot of salt you do tend to retain fluid.
And sometimes the compression garments will help somewhat.
But basically this is a part of the healing process and time is what’s going to take care
of your swelling. So don’t try any fancy stuff. As I tell many
people, sometimes the best thing to put on for recovery is patience.
Anyway let’s find out who won this week. Michelle Heat. Michelle, you’re this week’s
winner. Congratulations. We have a $100 gift card for you. Come on by and pick that up
from our office. And by the way, we loved your post on our
Facebook page. For eveyone else, thanks for playing.