Breast Reconstruction- After Care Instructions
After surgery, your breasts will somewhat numb. A stinging sensation in the general location is normal and subsides in time. The nipples will have no sensation: this is normal. Sensation may return in part but will never be back to normal.
A temporary drain will be in placed in each breast, and it is important to empty and record the volume that is collected in the drain bulb. The drainage will be a deep pink/red color, then become lighter over the next few days, fading to a champagne color. We will teach you how to care for the drains. They are removed in one week, if all goes as expected.
It is important to get out of bed early and often after your surgery to prevent postoperative problems. Please take deep breaths frequently to keep your lungs clear (15-20 per hour).
A light diet is best after surgery. Begin by taking liquids slowly and progress to soups or Jell-O. You may start a regular diet the next day.
Please take the pain medication only if you have pain. Take it with crackers, Jell-O, etc. You should need it the first 2-3 days after surgery every 3-4 hours.
You will have a surgical tape over your incisions. This will protect the incision for 3 weeks. You can shower with the surgical tape in place. Do not peel off the tape. It is helping you develop a thin scar. It will loosen and peel off as the adhesive degrades. After the adhesive is removed, we will initiate scar therapy by the application of Biocorneum gel. This is to be applied to the incisions twice daily for 3 months. This product fades the scar and is soothing to the healing area.
You may wear a camisole, sports bra, or no bra after surgery. Dr. Camp will advise you when you may wear an underwire bra (usually 6 weeks after surgery).
Strenuous activities and exercises are to be avoided until 3 weeks after surgery. Your heart rate should stay below 100 beats per minute. You may gradually resume normal daily activities after 48 hours being careful to avoid any activity that causes pain or discomfort.
Driving may be resumed when a sharp turn of the steering wheel will not cause pain, usually within 5-7 days.
If you have nausea, vomiting, rash, shortness of breath, or diarrhea after taking your medications, please call our office.
If you develop a fever (oral temperature greater than 100°), redness and/or increased pain at the surgical incision sites, please call Dr Camp immediately.
If you have major dental work or major surgery planned, please notify Dr Camp so he can prescribe a pre-operative medication to protect your implants from possible infection.
It is important to be seen by Dr Camp after your initial post-op checks. He will see you in follow-up appointments at 1 week, 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 6 months and 1 year post-op. We will arrange these appointments for you.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CALL DR CAMP
If you need immediate care or have questions, please call Dr Camp anytime on his cell. There is no such thing as a minor question. I would rather you call me than wonder and not do the right thing, so please call or email me anytime.