If you have any problems post operatively, please contact me on the above numbers. I always prefer to know if there is a problem before you go to your GP as I am responsible for you post operative care.
Following your surgery you should go home and rest. Sleep elevated on 2-3 pillows for the first week to help reduce swelling. You will leave surgery with white stockings on. These help maintain leg circulation and avoid clots in the veins of the legs. These are to remain on for 3 days after the surgery. Avoid strenuous lifting and aerobic exercises for 6 weeks post-operatively. Avoid sexual activity for 3 weeks post-operatively. Normal activities and gentle walking can be resumed after the first couple of weeks. You can commence driving after 1-2 weeks when you feel safe and uncompromised.
Post-operatively you may experience some ooze coming through your dressing. This is quite normal and usually only lasts for the first couple of days. If a breast suddenly swells and becomes tense you may have a haematoma (collection of blood) and you should let me know immediately.
The large adhesive dressings covering your chest must be kept dry and intact until you return to my rooms in 5-7 dyas to have them removed. The support garment is to be worn over the dressings for 24hours a day for the first 6 weeks. Limit arm movement, no pushing, pulling or lifting.
The Anaesthetist will provide you with a script for pain relief to last a week. If you run out, Panadeine from the Pharmacy should be adequate. DO NOT take Asprin or NSAIDS (unless prescribed) as it prolongs bleeding. Please contact me if pain relief is inadequate.
Wound infection is an infrequent occurrence. Please contact me if you experience increased pain, temperature, flu like symptoms, widespread redness or offensive discharge coming from the wound.
Avoid strenuous lifting, aerobic exercises and swimming for 4-6 weeks post-operatively. Try gentle exercise, ie walking or isometric exercise (tensing muscle groups for 6 secs at a time). Do not drive a motor vehicle for 5-7 days post-operatively.
At any time during office hours my Registered Nurses are available to help with any concerns you might have pre & post operation. For after hours please phone my mobile listed at the top of the page.
Appointment at Dr Richardsons rooms Suite 9, Level 1, 33 Racecourse Rd, Hamilton /Northlakes Consulting Suites