Most patients will be in the hospital from two to four days and will then go home. We give them medications for pain and if required nausea and antibiotics. Most will have surgical drains which need to be cared for. The drains should be emptied every eight hours and the output should be carefully measured in milliliters and recorded separately. This is because we remove the drains when the output is a certain amount. All drains are usually removed within three to four weeks after surgery.
Patients may shower two days after the surgery. Although the area can get wet, there can be no immersion of the wounds; that is no swimming or wading in pools, bath-tubs and other such activities. It is also important to not perform any strenuous activities. All normal activities can be performed, but nothing that requires strenuous use of the arms, and in the case of TRAM flaps or DIEP flaps, no strenuous use of the abdomen. This limited activity level should be strictly followed for four to six weeks after the surgery is performed.
The reconstructed breast will be numb following surgery, some sensation will return as time passes. Scars will fade over time. Periodic mammograms with a radiologist trained to examine breasts with implants are recommended.
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