Preparing for your top surgery is a critical to a successful recovery. For many patients, it’s natural to experience anxiety regarding the procedure and how quickly you’ll recover.
Knowing what to expect after surgery will ensure that you have minimal downtime with maximum comfort as you move through the healing process.
Here are some vital tips that you should consider:
Have a Support Team in Place
The surgery itself will not require extensive recovery time at the hospital like some surgeries, so a majority of the healing will be done while you’re home. You should plan in advance where you’ll be for your recovery and who will be there to support you.
This allows you to plan for services such as laundry and meals. You can organize a support system of friends and family to look after you and help you complete many of your daily tasks.
Assemble a Recovery Plan
You may experience some swelling and discomfort for a short while after surgery, but there are steps you can take to make things a little easier. You can use a reclining chair to rest and sleep without putting any pressure on your chest.
Before your procedure, set a space up to put personal care items such as toiletries and food supplies. Keep all items below chest level so you won’t have to raise your arms. You won’t hurt the surgery by lifting your arms but it might be uncomfortable for you.
Have easy access to button or zippered shirts and slip-on shoes to make getting dressed easier. Taking the time to plan ahead simplifies personal tasks such as dressing, feeding, and bathing.
In most cases patients will need to wear a binder after surgery to reduce swelling and help the skin heal. Be sure you follow the recommendations provided by your doctor and avoid the temptation to remove your binder too early.
Your doctor will advise you on keeping the dressings clean and dry for the week following your procedure. If you have a periareolar procedure (keyhole) you will be able to shower the very next day after surgery but because of the drains, we recommend having a lanyard to hang them on.
Low intensity movement can support your recovery from surgery. Just make sure that you don’t overdo it. Avoid heavy lifting or any activity that raises your heart rate and temperature for the first few weeks after surgery. When you resume exercise, be careful when using your arms and chest.
After a couple of months you’ll be able to lift weights, which will develop tone and shape in your chest area. Maintain communication with your doctor to keep you’re pacing and intensity at an appropriate level.
With a little planning and care, you can ensure a successful recovery from surgery. You’ll minimize any discomfort and decrease the time required to resume your normal daily activities.