At TLC, we offer Schwartz Rapid Recuperation, which is how Dr. Schwartz focuses on getting you on your way to a faster recovery. As stated above, Dr. Schwartz implements anesthesia protocols with TIVA, which are gentle yet effective. He feels that putting you under a general anesthetic actually impedes the healing process because it lingers in your body so much longer after surgery. This puts more stress on your body for several days after surgery. Meanwhile, you continue to feel groggy and nauseous as your body adjusts to the anesthesia leaving your body — not on healing from surgery. Dr. Schwartz feels this causes more complications and takes time away from you unnecessarily.
With the Schwartz Rapid Recuperation, Dr. Schwartz focuses on enhancing your patient experience both before and after their surgical procedure. He will use TIVA, which is a gentler form of general anesthesia, plus neurotoxins and a long-lasting local anesthetic. This powerful combination decreases your swelling, bruising, and overall discomfort. Many patients report to only needing an over-the-counter pain medication to manage the post-op pain after their procedure at TLC. Using Schwartz Rapid Recuperation, nearly all (90%) of our patients are able to stand, walk, and even go out to dinner a day after their surgery. There is no additional cost to you for the implementation of these protocols.
Putting the safety and health of his patients first, Dr. Schwartz gives detailed aftercare instructions and schedules a follow-up appointment to evaluate your healing process and to help you feel supported. If you need us once you are discharged from surgery, our medical team can be reached 24/7 as we are a phone call away.
After surgery, you will be asked to wear compression garments all of the time. When lecturing about treating lipedema, Dr. Schwartz argues that removing the extra skin will limit the return of lipedema as the fat. Skin tightening can support the body with a natural compression from the taut skin. He will still ask patients to wear compression garments, which will fit more appropriately without folds of excess skin acting as a barrier to the treatment.
If you have lymphatic sparing liposuction, Dr. Schwartz will require you to wear compression garments. Our post-operation nurses can have a more in-depth conversation with you about what you should be wearing to discourage the buildup of fluid. These garments may become an extension of your treatment, even after a liposuction or a surgical lift, to manage the symptoms and challenges of this disorder.