After Breast Surgery

  1. Sometimes nausea occurs once or twice after surgery that is normal, do not worry.
  2. Drinking liquids is recommended after consciousness.
  3. Consume foods like soup, pineapple juice, orange juice, celery juice, and vitamin C until 48 hours after surgery. After that a normal diet is recommended.
  4. Your diet consists of plenty of liquids, light meals, and foods contain protein and vitamins.
  5. Do not drink milk in the first few days because it can cause bloating.
  6. Inform your doctor if you have digestive problems. He will prescribe necessary drugs.
  7. Avoid taking medications that prevent blood clotting such as aspirin and warfarin. You should only take prescribed medications.
  8. Avoid fatty meals because they are difficult to digest. Consumption of fatty foods increases your nausea.
  9. Try to avoid pressure on the muscles when you are coughing and sneezing.
  10. You will have a special bra after breast surgery. Using a strap on the chest will be required in case of the physician’s direction. You can call the doctor or his assistant to learn how to properly wrap it.
  11. You should have less activity at home in the first week after surgery.
  12. When you rest pillows with the height of about 30-45 degrees above the horizon are recommended.
  13. You should take a shower every day after discharging from the hospital and wash the breast sutures with a solution of povidone iodine and shampoo.
  14. You should have physician’s permission for opening your bra while showering.
  15. You should open your bra only at rest every 4-6 hours and close it after 20-30 minutes.
  16. You should first turn to the side when you want to get up.
  17. Avoid pressure on your chest and hands in the first months. Avoid lifting weights more than one kilogram.
  18. Avoid intense stretching of your arms upward, forward, and backward.
  19. Be careful to sleep only on your back and when you waking up, you can move a little to the side.
  20. Avoid long-term side-sleeping in the first two weeks then follow your physician’s instructions.
  21. Implant placement under the chest muscle will cause spasm that affects your breathing. This is normal, do not worry. Antispasmodic drugs will be prescribed for you.
  22. You do not need to sleep all the time. You can walk in home 24 hours after surgery.
  23. Contact your doctor if you have bowel problems.
  24. Call your doctor or nurse in case of severe bleeding (abnormal) due to trauma or unusual movement.
  25. Sometimes hematoma or bruising observed around the surgical site, flank, and back which improve after a few days.
  26. You should get your prescription at the discharge time or get it from the clerk in the office earlier. It usually includes antibiotic pill, painkiller pill, antibiotic ointment (can be used on wounds and stitches), washing serum (to wash the wound), normal saline or sodium chloride and other drugs. These are prescribed by your doctor and recommended only for you.
  27. It is better to consult your doctor for taking other drugs that were used before surgery.
  28. Correct use of medication and follow-up recommendations are necessary for appropriate care of the wounds.
  29. It is better to follow breathing physiotherapy (deep breathing), cough, and sputum removing in the first 5 days.
  30. Ask someone to help you for bathing in the first days. Daily bath is very effective for wounds healing.
  31. It is better to drink enough liquids before bathing.
  32. It is better to sit on a chair while taking a bath in the first 5-10 days.
  33. Bathing should not take more than 10-15 minutes. Water temperature should be less than 40-50 centigrade.
  34. You should wash all areas of the wound with Betadine-shampoo solution (mixed equal amounts of them).
  35. Use a hairdryer for quick drying of your bra after washing it (note that you should not do this on your body) or use another one.
  36. Clean the surgical wound with Betadine then dry it. Apply the ointment to the wound and wear the clean bra.
  37. You can wear a thin cotton cloth under the bra instead of using gauze in coordination with your doctor.
  38. You no longer need to use Betadine after 5 days. You should just apply the ointment to the wound.
  39. Use the around and middle breast pads in the first 10 days and then consult your doctor.
  40. If you have an adhesive bandage around your breast ask the nurse or physician’s assistant, how and when to use it.
  41. Bra or prosthesis strap should be used for 2 months depending on the type of patient swelling.
  42. You can start light exercises such as walking after a week and increase them gradually under your physician’s supervision.
  43. Swimming and fitness are recommended after three months according to the patient’s general condition.
  44. You should have an appointment with your physician once per week in the first month, then every two weeks, and once per month in the third month. Some small stitches may be removed during these appointments.
  45. The surgical site is very swollen. Depending on the patient physiology, it takes certain time for swelling reduced and eliminated gradually.
  46. The surgical site will swell alternatively. It sometimes will continue up to 6 months or more.
  47. You should start healthy diet after consulting the nutrition specialist.
  48. You should start proper exercises that are effective for better muscles forming under your physician’s supervision.
  49. 49. You would not be in appropriate physical and mental condition in the first 2 weeks after surgery so you should not drive, not operate with the machines and not take important decisions at this time.
  50. Do not take any medication without checking with your doctor.
  51. You should consult your doctor in the case of drug addiction to get the desired result.
  52. Do not drink alcohol. Alcohol with anesthetic drugs that are still in your body can cause inappropriate reactions.
  53. Ask someone to stay with you during the first week.
  54. Consult the physician assistants if you feel itching or redness in the surgical site and its surrounding. They can provide you the appropriate solutions.
  55. Ask your questions from the surgeon. It will be helpful for your improvement.
  56. Have patience and do not hurry to reach the final result. All problems will be solved with time.
  57. Each person has a specific anatomy and physiology. You can realize your situation sooner than everyone.
  58. Full recovery takes time.
  59. Do not forget to follow after surgery instructions.
  60. You can contact your doctor or his assistants to ask your questions.