How to manage at home following breast surgery

The time has come, you are now at home, post-surgery and are feeling a little bit sore.

To help support your post-procedure recovery journey here are some of our top tips to help you recover well at home. Remember, taking it easy and healing properly are the two most important things to do to ensure you get the best possible results.

1. Attend all your post-op appointments

It is essential that you attend your post-operative appointments and follow all instructions provided to you.  

By doing so you will give yourself the best opportunity to of achieving the desired results. Failure to follow this guidance may compromise your results, your health and the terms and conditions relating to your procedure.

2. Take your medication as prescribed by your surgeon

After your operation, your chest may feel tight, and your breasts and ribs will be tender. You may lose some sensation in your nipples and feel quite uncomfortable for a couple of days, but rest assured, these are all normal things to expect after breast surgery.

The key to managing your pain is to take your medication as prescribed by your surgeon. In the early stages of your recovery, you will be feeling quite sleepy and drowsy from the anaesthetic, make the most of this time to relax and catch up on sleep. 

3. Sleep upright for a minimum of two-weeks

Try to sleep propped upright at a 45-degree angle for 2 weeks minimum (if possible). This helps to reduce swelling and helps with symmetry.

We recommend using a V-shaped pillow to help you sleep more comfortably and suggest using a small pillow to pop under your lower back for support and using extra pillows can help to stop you from rolling on to your side in the night.

4. Wear your post-surgery bra 24hrs a day

Following breast surgery, you are required to wear a post-surgery bra for 6-8 weeks both day and night. 

They might not be the most glam lingerie you own, but they support your breasts and aid your healing. 

5. Take it easy

You should not exercise until at least six weeks post-surgery. It is important to stay mobile where possible which could include going for short walks. 

Take plenty of time for some TLC and ensure when you do return to physical exercise, take it easy and seek advice from a personal trainer.

If you are concerned about anything during your recovery period and want to speak to a member of the team, you can always call your Patient Co-ordinator who will be able to help.

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