Lillian Fulknier, CST
Patients who undergo reconstructive or cosmetic surgery in our office will have the opportunity to meet a lady with over forty four years of surgical experience, and over twenty five years of that time specifically in plastic surgery. Lillian Fulknier, Certified Surgical Technologist, is one of those experienced surgical techs who knows the surgeon's next move and is right there with the instrument, equipment, or help to make the surgeon's job a little easier and make sure patients are well cared for --preparing for surgery, during the procedure, and post-op.
Lillian is an active outdoors person with hobbies such as kayaking, camping and motorcycle riding with her husband, and a family gal with a daughter and two grandsons to dote upon; she understands the active life of Floridians and their family life with their desire to be outside rather than sitting around recovering from surgery. However, her years of experience have shown her that patients who pay attention to their recovery will have much better results from their skin cancer removal or other surgeries that take place in our office.
For those patients who have surgical repairs on their faces, Lillian will be pointing out the ways to improve their surgical outcome. We like to call it by the acronym HISS. H I S S stands for Head upright, Icy towels or packs on the surgical site for faster healing and less pain, Soft food (to keep muscles around the mouth from moving), and Stay quiet in a chair, not bending over or moving a lot.
Staying quiet. It's one of the hardest things for patients to do when they feel so good after a surgical procedure. Lillian might tell you, "Patients may imagine that removal of a cancerous spot on the face is a small procedure so they want to go out on the golf course immediately or do the grocery shopping." But as this lady knows, patients can help their own healing by following instructions carefully.