Breast Reconstruction Recovery

Breast Reconstruction in Sydney

What should you expect after breast reconstruction in Sydney?

Most breast reconstruction procedures are performed with the plan of a stay in hospital. This ensures your safety after your breast reconstruction in Sydney. Many patients will have small drains in their breasts when they wake up, to prevent the build up of fluids. The drains will stay in until there is only a small amount of fluid coming out of them; this typically takes a few days, although it can be longer or shorter in some patients. The removal of the drains is generally quick and not painful.

Side effects that may occur after breast reconstruction in Sydney

In the first 24 hours, it is normal to expect the following symptoms:-

•    Drowsiness
•    Dry throat
•    Nausea (possibly)
•    Discomfort and stiffness

Pain management after your breast reconstruction

The local anaesthetic helps with pain control for the first evening, but has usually worn off by the following morning. We assist your recovery by providing adequate pain relief through local pain busters and a patient controlled analgesia (a button that you can use to deliver pain control when you need it). By the second day, you will be prescribed regular pain relief with provision for stronger tablets if required. We will keep you as comfortable as possible after your breast reconstruction in Sydney.

If your operation requires the use of post operative support garments, they will be fitted whilst you are asleep. If you wake up with such a garment on, then you should continue to wear one at all times in the first six weeks after your breast lift in Sydney. This prevents swelling and promotes healing.

Return to activity after your breast reconstruction in Sydney

You will be discharged home with a prescription for pain relief and antibiotics. You will need to take these medications for several days after your breast reconstruction in Sydney. If you are prone to feeling sick after operations, you will also be given a prescription for something to help with that.

A breast reconstruction is a surgical procedure, and you will need to plan for a little “down time” after your breast reconstruction in Sydney. Depending on your choice of reconstruction technique, your recovery after your breast reconstruction in Sydney will take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.

It is important to avoid returning to activity, such as running or using the gym, too soon. Your body will let you know (with pain) if you push yourself too far too soon. When you feel pain, it’s important that you back off and wait a few days before trying that activity again, rather than “pushing through the pain.” Allowing time for your body to heal will result in the best outcome from your breast reconstruction in Sydney.

Follow up after your breast reconstruction in Sydney

You will be asked to see Dr Gavin Sandercoe for several follow up appointments to ensure that your body is healing well from the procedure. This also allows your Specialist Plastic Surgeon in Sydney to treat any complications that occur. You will have appointments scheduled at one week, one month and every three months for a year after your breast reconstruction in Sydney. Some procedures may require longer follow up. If there are any problems, we want to hear from you and sort it out as soon as possible!

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