Everyone bounces back from breast reconstruction at a different pace. The good news is that you can take steps to avoid post-surgical stumbling blocks such as discomfort, swelling, and delayed healing. Start with these tips from our board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeons.
Stock Up on Supplies
It’s important to prepare your home for recovery before your surgical date arrives. Make sure that you have enough pillows to support your upper body and knees while sleeping. Purchase some healthy meals to get you through those days when you don’t want to cook. Choose options that are high in fiber to prevent post-surgical constipation. And, of course, check that you have all of the recommended medications and supplements on hand.
Ease Back Into Physical Activity
You may walk and climb stairs immediately after surgery. In fact, walking is a great way to reduce swelling and prevent complications. Gentle range of motion exercises are also helpful.
Be cautious not to push your body too hard during this time. You won’t be able to perform moderate activities or lift anything heavier than a gallon of milk for weeks. Depending on your situation, it might make sense for you to arrange for help with housework and shopping.
Know What’s Normal
Anything out of the ordinary can seem alarming after surgery. However, many post-op symptoms are normal and temporary, including tightness, numbness, and swelling.
Knowing what to expect during your breast reconstruction recovery will help put your mind at ease. We will provide a list of special considerations that warrant an immediate call to your surgeon.
Get Personalized Post-Op Advice
Your aftercare guidelines may vary depending on the details of your procedure. Schedule a consultation at 303-706-1100 to receive recovery tips unique to your situation and journey. The Breast Center Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery proudly welcomes patients from Denver and Lone Tree, Colorado, and across the country.