How to Prepare for a Breast Reduction Surgery?

So you’ve made your appointment — now what do you do? Now is the time for you to have second thoughts, run around looking for bras, experience anxiety and have your life in an emotional upheaval. For many, this is a very stressful time, but it doesn’t have to be. It’s entirely natural for you to be “freaking out” now that surgery is a few weeks away. Just follow the advice of your surgeon and things will go much more smoothly.

The Preoperative Appointment

If you schedule a surgery date, you will more than likely plan a pre-operative visit as well. During your pre-op, you will have some blood work to check your red and white blood cell counts among other things. This is often called a CBC test for a complete blood count. This will identify any pre-existing disorders such as anaemia, some cancers (leukaemia or lymphoma), and whether your body might be fighting an infection. Also, if you are a smoker, please quit now. It will significantly reduce your risk of necrotic tissue and nipple loss.

Ensure that you go to a surgeon who specialises in breast reduction surgery. Surgeons who operate out of a reputable facility like; Dr Scamp breast reduction clinic Gold Coast, will provide you with a pre-care package which will include a list of medications that you must cease or avoid taking.

General Preparation Tips

  • Stock up on books, movies or magazines on hand. You have to relax and get some rest for a few days so keep yourself entertained during the boring and anxious times. Remember to take it slow!
  • A laptop can be a blessing during recovery.
  • A detachable, handheld shower head can be a definite plus when you’re allowed to bathe again.
  • Have a hand mirror on your recovery nightstand

Two Weeks Before Surgery:

  • Start taking Vitamin C.
  • Cease all alcohol consumption.
  • Begin a low sodium diet, no more than 1200-1500 mg/day.
  • Have your prescriptions filled and buy other important medications, including over the counter (OTC) items.
  • Remember to purchase an oral thermometer if you don’t have one.
  • If you are stressed, you may wish to engage in light yoga, meditation or breathing exercises.

One Week Before Surgery:

  • Clean your house or have it cleaned.
  • Make sure that you pay your bills before surgery
  • Buy some Arnica Montana

2-3 Days Before Surgery:

  • Place all of your medications either in a weekly pill case or in labelled containers, categorising them by day and time.
  • Have a bucket, pail or large coffee can with a lid on the ride home and at your bedside.
  • Put your ice packs, bags of frozen berries or peas in the freezer. If you have a vertical freezer, placing the packs and bags at hip level is best.
  • Have your heating pads, hot water bottles and instant heat packs handy.
  • Start washing with Hibiclens or antibacterial soap.

1 Day Before Surgery:

  • Place toiletries and personal care items at hip level so that you do not need to bend or reach for them.
  • Make time for yourself before your surgery. Have a warm and relaxing bath, light some candles, listen to some music — and take a deep breath.
  • Wash your hair the night before surgery — it may be a long time before you get to do that again.
  • Do not eat anything or drink anything but clear liquids after midnight if your surgery is in the morning.
  • Relax. An abundance of stress can be harmful to your recovery. It is important not to let anxiety get the best of you. Practice your breathing exercises and try to get a good night’s sleep.