Post-Operative Care

Even though the surgery itself is a crucial step towards recovery, the real healing process begins after the operation. Post-operative care is essential to ensure that you recover quickly and comfortably. Understanding what to expect after breast surgery and how to care for yourself at home can help ease any discomfort and make your recovery process more manageable. We will go over some of the things you can expect after breast surgery and how to take care of yourself at home.

Going Home After Your Surgery

It is important to remember that after being discharged from the hospital following your surgery, you will need to have someone with you to drive you home and be present during discharge instructions. It is required that an adult be present with you for the first 24 hours after surgery. Make sure to arrange for a family member or friend to be available for this important task to provide a smooth transition from the hospital to your home. This will allow you to focus on your recovery and rest comfortably.

If you are from out of town or don’t have anyone who could do this for you, you can explore companion or nursing services utilized by our patients.

What to Expect at Home

After breast surgery, it is normal to experience some discomfort and pain. You may also have limited mobility and range of motion for a few days or weeks. It is essential to follow your surgeon’s instructions for pain management, dressing changes, and wound care to help reduce the risk of infection and ensure proper healing. You may also need to avoid certain activities, such as lifting heavy objects or exercising, for some time. Make sure to rest and give your body the time it needs to heal properly. With proper care and attention, you can have a successful and comfortable recovery at home.

Please take the time to explore your specific procedure on our website as it provides helpful information about recovery and postoperative care. Specific care instructions will be given to you and your companion by our medical staff at discharge.

Additionally, you should make sure to have all the necessary post-operative care supplies arranged before your surgery. By taking the time to prepare and follow Dr. Schwartz’s instructions, you can help ensure a successful recovery and minimize any discomfort.

Caring for Your Incision

Wound care after breast surgery is an important part of post-operative care. You may have a drain placed during surgery, which will be removed once the drainage slows down. We will provide you with detailed instructions on how to care for your incision at home, including how to keep it clean and dry, how to change dressings, and when to contact us if you have any concerns or issues. If you need further assistance with caring for your incision or drain beyond what was given at discharge, we have a helpful video you can watch, or you can arrange for a nurse to come to your home for assistance. With proper care and attention, your incision will heal properly, and you can have a successful recovery.

What to Look Out For

As you are recovering from your surgery, it is important to pay close attention to your body and any changes you may experience. While discomfort and pain are normal after surgery, certain symptoms could indicate a more serious problem. It is essential to know what to look out for and when to contact Dr. Schwartz or seek medical attention. By being informed and proactive about your recovery, you can help ensure a successful outcome and minimize any risks or complications.

If you experience any of the following symptoms, you should contact our office for assistance or seek emergency care:

  • Intense pain not relieved by the prescribed medications.
  • Increased swelling, firmness, and pain in one breast that is not present in the other breast.
  • Drainage on your dressing that is increasing and soaking through additional pads. *
  • Fever greater than 101.5.
  • Incisions that appear to be opening or becoming red or hot Pus draining from your wounds.

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