Breast Surgery Aftercare – Part One
Following breast surgery in Denver, patients are sent home with detailed breast surgery aftercare instructions based on the type of procedure performed. It is important that breast surgery aftercare instructions be followed carefully to ensure proper healing and the best possible results.
Before being released, you will be given specific instructions that may include:
- How to care for the surgical sites
- Specific concerns to look for at the surgical sites or in overall health
- Emergency contact information
- When to follow-up with Dr. Serota
- Medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection
Initial healing from breast surgery may include some swelling and discomfort which may be controlled with proper medication, nutrition and resting. An elastic bandage or support bra should be worn for the first few weeks to minimize swelling and support the breasts as they heal. Any drains will be removed 1 – 2 days after surgery and you may shower 48 hours after your drains are removed. It is extremely important to keep the incision sites clean using gentle antibacterial soap and water. Within 10 days following surgery, all sutures will be removed.
Usually within a few days of surgery, a return to light activity is possible for those patients who feel ready. Many patients are often ready to return to work and resume normal activity at this time. Patients shouldn't, however, engage in any heavy lifting or vigorous exercise for approximately one month after surgery. Specifically, patients need to avoid lifting their arms above shoulder level or pulling and lifting heavy objects for5 – 6 weeks after surgery.
Healing will continue for several weeks as swelling dissipates and breast shape and position settle. Patients should continue to follow Dr. Serota’s instructions and attend all follow-up visits. Remember that even if you don’t feel any pain or discomfort, your body is still healing and you may not have your usual amount of energy for a couple of weeks. Take it easy and gradually increase your level of activity until you are back to normal.
Breast Surgery Aftercare Part Two continued next week.