Do not eat or drink anything starting 12 hours prior to surgery. It is okay to brush your teeth and rinse, as well as take medications with a small sip of water.
You can shower and shampoo your hair the night before or morning of your surgery.
Do not wear deodorant and do not apply lotion to your face or body.
Do not bring jewelry or others valuables with you to the surgery center.
Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing, preferably a button up top or hoodie with a zipper. Wear flat, comfortable shoes and warm socks.
Remove contact lenses, dentures, and nipple rings before surgery.
Arrange to have someone drive you to and from surgery. You will not be allowed to drive yourself home. If you don’t have anyone available, please call your surgeons office so they can assist with an alternative solution.
Take any medications before surgery as instructed by your surgeon. Be sure not to take medications you have been advised to stop taking.
All surgery center paperwork (filled out), if applicable.
Reading glasses, if applicable.
Your identification (drivers license/state issued I.D..)
Warm cotton socks
Saltine crackers in case of nausea during your ride home
Arrive 1-1.5 hours before surgery as instructed during your pre-op appointment and/or by the surgery center staff.
Nausea: Although anesthesiologists do everything they can to avoid nausea after surgery, some patients may still be affected. If you have been prescribed Zofran, take it immediately upon feeling queasy. Pain medications and antibiotics can contribute to nausea also. Be sure to take these medications with food. If your nausea persists, you may consider stopping the pain medication. Do not eat anything heavy until you feel your stomach is settled. Start with crackers, soup, toast, and maybe a light smoothie.
Medication: Take all medications as instructed
Activity : Rest after surgery and avoid activity. At some point during the day or evening you will want to get up and walk around for 15 minutes every hour to promote proper blood circulation.
Hydration: Keep Gatorade available. Make sure you drink a lot of fluids post-operatively.
Sleep: Rest and sleep at a 45 degree angle on your back for at least the first 3 days after surgery. Continue to do so until you feel comfortable sleeping the way you normally do.
Bandages/Garment: You will be sent home with bandages and a binder wrapped around your chest. Adjust garment/bandage every 2 hours or as needed. This may mean undoing and repositioning the elastic bandage. You should have gentle compression. If you cannot put your finger in between the garment and your body, it means it is too tight.
Shower: Don’t shower for the first 24 hrs. following surgery.
Ice : You may apply ice packs or gel packs to the breast area for first 2 days. Do not apply directly to skin.
Driving: Do not drive for the first three days, while on pain medications, or if you feel impaired in any way.
Blood thinners: Do not use aspirin-containing products for at least one week. You may take Tylenol or pain medication as prescribed.
Smoking: Do not smoke for at least 1 week after surgery.
If you develop a fever, or feel there is something unusually wrong, please contact your surgeon’s office right away.
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