After a mastectomy or lumpectomy and cancer treatment, you’ve already been around the block a few times when it comes to recovery. By now, there is a lot you know to do and to avoid.
At the same time, you want to do everything in your power to make your next surgery — breast reconstruction — as easy for you during the recovery period as possible. And there might be some key tricks you aren’t yet aware of. So, to help you get ready for what’s ahead, here are our top breast reconstruction recovery tips.
Wear Your Post-Surgery Bra
Your post-surgery bra will be essential to your recovery.
After your reconstruction surgery, there will be pain and swelling. If you wear the right bra, both can be reduced. Your surgeon might give you this bra before discharge or ask that you purchase one in advance. If they ask that you buy it, they should give you suggestions on which will be best for you.
Keep Up With Your Pain Management Plan
After your previous surgeries and treatments, you likely have a lot of experience with prescription pain relievers and other pain management aids. And you are probably sick of them. We understand what an annoyance it can be, but make sure you keep up with your pain management plan. This will reduce your discomfort and help your body heal more quickly by lowering stress levels.
Be Patient with Your Body
You’ve spent a lot of time in recovery over the last months and years. It is a frustrating experience, feeling helpless and restricted. Now, you have to go through that again. It is so tempting to push yourself, but take care not to. Be patient with your body and with yourself.
If you are ready for your breast reconstruction surgery, Dr. Dellinger is here to help you. Contact the office at 512-229-1978 or fill out our online form.