After Care


Having after care is one of the most important and beneficial decisions that can be made when proceeding with elective surgery. Dr. Pousti highly recommends after care for procedures such as tummy tuck or mommy makeover. These services can also be used when flying in from out of town or looking for a private post-surgical care taker. The after care givers assist the patient with medication intake, positioning, cleaning drains, breathing, blood circulation, help patients ambulate, check blood pressure, manage patient temperatures. The first 24 hours after surgery are the most crucial and this is why it is of great importance to have a care giver who knows what to look for and how to react to medical situations. Dr. Pousti works with several nurses in all areas of San Diego, La Jolla and Temecula areas that we can refer patients to.

Patient Testimonial: Dr. Pousti recommended that we have a nurse with us at home, at least for the first few days, following my Abdominoplasty Extended surgery.  Never having been through anything like this before, we took Dr. Pousti’s advice and contacted his recommendation, Shaina Hicks. We were initially concerned about the added expense, but once in our home we quickly realized that she was so qualified and helpful that her cost was the best money we could have spent.  We had no idea what would be involved.  Shaina came prepared for everything.  She lifted me day and night into correct and comfortable positions with ease, emptied my drains, and had all medications ready at exactly the correct times.  She provided crackers, Pedialyte, ginger ale, applesauce and soup.  She was very gentle, would chat with me, and she was so strong.  She created spreadsheet schedules for drains, meds, breathing, flexing & walking.  Shaina worked side by side with my Husband so that he would be able to pick up where she left off.  Should we ever be in the position of needing a nurse again, we won’t hesitate to call for Shaina for her professionalism & kindness. It was absolutely critical and necessary for us to have her in our home during the first two days of my recuperation. We simply would not have been able to make it without her.  Much thanks to Dr. Pousti for his recommendation.

Patient Testimonial: Hire a nurse for the first day. I had one for the first two days. I viewed it as necessary, and I’m glad I had [a caregiver] there for me. Patient Testimonial: I am writing you this letter to let you know how pleased I am with [my care taker] , the nurse who took care of me when I had surgery for my abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and breast augmentation on March 26th, 2012. I originally spoke with [a care taker] who is the Executive Director of Reliable Recovery, Inc. After talking with [her], I immediately had a lot of my anxiety level drop. I was extremely anxious about my surgery and the NOT knowing was the hardest part for me. She put my fears to a minimum. She had a very calming voice when I talked to her on the phone. She called me the day before surgery to inform me [of the care taker] would be taking care of me through my recovery. The moment I had come out of surgery, [my care taker] was by my side comforting me and reassuring me that everything was going to be okay the one thing I do remember about [my care taker] was she told me I looked beautiful even though I looked and felt like I had been hit by a truck. She was very positive and upbeat, which is exactly what I needed in order to get through this ordeal. [My care taker] was very compassionate, kind, loving, and I can go on and on and on. She was by my side the full 48 hours and came to my every need. My 9 year old son was very sad when she had to go. He still talks about how nice she was to him. I would highly recommend [my care taker] to anyone who is considering having reliable recovery look after them. I would also like to thank Dr. Pousti and his wonderful staff for helping me with my every need and just for their kindness they showed me and continue to show me as I am still going through my recovery process I am extremely happy with my results and wouldn’t change a thing. Dr. Pousti is a wonderful doctor and I am so glad that I chose him for my mommy makeover!! Patient Testimonial: Thank you for taking such good care of me after surgery. You are organized, efficient, and caring. You understand the kind of care a patient needs immediately after surgery. The minute you picked me up from the hospital, I was able to relax knowing you were going to be there for me. No need for me to worry about medication schedule, or any of the other details that needed to be taken care of. You are familiar with the process. That was a blessing. I also enjoyed your companionship, and your encouragement. I hope you will continue to help other as well as you helped me. Patient Testimonial: I chose Reliable Recovery based on a recommendation of Dr. Pousti, who was to perform a abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) on me, not exactly a walk in the park! From the minute I first talked to [my caretaker], I could tell she sounded like a person who was committed to first class care of patients just by the tone of her voice, very soothing. Whether you choose your house or a local hotel to start your recovery, you can be sure that your time with [this caretaker] will put you at ease. She is professional, with the knowledge necessary to provide the care that people expect in a time that can be very stressful. The best way to describe the care given by [my caretaker], would be compassionate and kind, almost like having a friend taking care of you that also went to nursing school! Imagine your best friend at your side in time of need, giving you the peace of mind sometimes only a friend can give. You feel safe and secure knowing that the person caring for you is committed to getting you better because of the friendship you share. After my time in the first days of recovery, the peace of mind came easily because of [my caretaker’s] constant attention and companionship. I would highly recommend [my caretaker] to anyone who is considering employing a recovery service in the initial days after their cosmetic surgery.

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Pousti Plastic Surgery
8851 Center Drive, Suite 300
San Diego, CA 91942
Phone: 619-466-8851
Fax: (619) 466-8858
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