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Preparing for Surgery

Your surgeon(s) may give instructions to take certain actions in preparation for your breast reconstruction surgery. Here are a few ways to prepare. Please keep in mind that everyone's experience is different and you should always consult your surgeon.

You should discuss the following with your surgeon:
  • Any medication you may be taking, including over the counter remedies, vitamins or supplements.
  • Your smoking habits.
  • Any dietary concerns you might have or any restrictions on food and beverage your surgeon might recommend.
Ways your daily activities may change during your recovery from breast reconstructive surgery:
  • You will need someone to drive you home from the hospital. You may not be able to drive for a specified period of time.
  • Following surgery, you may not be allowed to lift anything over 10 pounds.
  • Cooking and cleaning a kitchen may be difficult so plan your meals in advance.
  • Household chores may be difficult so plan to have someone help you if possible.
  • Cleaning your clothes may be difficult so make sure to take care of laundry before
    your surgery.
  • You should have loose fitting clothing to wear and be comfortable in, including shoes
    and slippers.
  • Make sure you are comfortable lying in bed during the day and at night. You may need pillows to prop yourself up to read or watch TV.
  • Make sure you are stocked with good books, DVDs, magazines, and puzzles, whatever keeps you entertained.
  • Showering may be difficult and you may need help.

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