10 Important Tips to Know While Preparing for Breast Surgery

There are several things your doctor will ask you to do when preparing for breast surgery to ensure that the procedure goes smoothly. Although not intended to replace their instructions, the following tips should serve as helpful reminders during the preparation process.

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Get a Ride

Have a friend or family member pick you up; you need someone to drive you to and from your surgery.

Have Someone Stay with You

Although complications are exceedingly rare, you are required to have someone look after you for at least 24 hours after surgery.

Pack a Small Bag

Because breast surgery rarely requires an overnight stay, you will only need to pack medications and paperwork. If you don’t want to bring your purse, make sure you also take a form of identification with you.

Stop Smoking

As if you needed another reason to quit, smoking reduces blood flow, making surgery more complicated in some cases. Therefore, your doctor will ask you to abstain from nicotine when preparing for breast surgery.

Eat Healthy Foods and Avoid Alcohol

Bad foods and alcohol may not make the surgery itself more challenging, but it could make recovery harder than it has to be.

Get Moderate Exercise, but Don’t Overdo It

Working out increases blood circulation, which makes it good practice to break a sweat in the days leading up to your surgery. But be careful not to overexert yourself by engaging in activities that could cause injury.

Don’t Be a Gremlin

As your doctor will advise you, patients preparing for breast surgery should not eat or drink anything, even water, after midnight the evening before their operation.

Don’t Get Ready in the Morning

After you take your last shower before your procedure, do not apply anything to your skin or body. That means no moisturizers, no makeup, no nail polish, and no deodorant.

Oral Hygiene Is Okay

Brushing, flossing, and gargling is fine, but make sure you don’t swallow more than a sip of water the morning of your procedure.

Dress Casually

When you get dressed to go to your doctor’s office, put on loose, baggy clothes that open in the front and are easy to get into and take off. You should also wear shoes that slip on and off and don’t need to be tied.

Use these simple tips to help you when you are preparing for breast surgery both mentally and physically.

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