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  • Dr. Pragati Singhal
  • 11 April 2024

Facing breast cancer surgery can be overwhelming, but knowing how to care for yourself afterwards is crucial for a smooth recovery. Here's a comprehensive guide to post-surgery care, helping you navigate through this challenging yet transformative phase of your journey.

1. Drainage Device Management:

Immediately after surgery, you might have an external drainage device in place to collect fluid from the surgical site. Your healthcare provider will educate you on its maintenance, including emptying the drains and monitoring for any complications. Typically, these drains are removed within 1 to 3 weeks post-surgery as fluid drainage decreases.

2. Bandage Changes and Incision Care:

You’ll be provided with a specialized bra to secure the bandages. Your doctor will instruct you on when to remove the bra and how to change the dressings.

Keeping the incision area clean and dry is crucial during the initial week post-surgery. Avoid getting the incision wet, opting for sponge baths instead of showers.

3. Skin Care:

Expect some bruising and discomfort initially, but this should subside within a few days. Be gentle around the incision area when shaving or applying deodorant. Massaging the area with a mild lotion or vitamin E can help soften the scar over time.

4. Pain Management:

Your doctor will prescribe pain medication post-surgery. Additionally, inquire about over-the-counter pain relievers for supplemental relief. Avoid aspirin for the first few days post-surgery, as it may increase the risk of bleeding.

5. Exercise Regimen:

Engage in daily stretching exercises recommended by your surgeon to regain mobility gradually. These exercises typically include arm lifts, arm swings, and wall climbing. However, consult your surgeon before initiating any exercise routine.

6. Driving:

Seek clearance from your doctor before resuming driving, usually around 10 to 14 days post-surgery.

7. Follow-Up Exams:

Regular follow-up appointments are essential for monitoring your recovery progress and detecting any signs of recurrence. These visits include examinations of the chest, underarm, and neck. Depending on your surgical procedure, mammograms may be scheduled periodically.

8. Needle Placement:

Avoid having blood drawn or injections on the side of your body where surgery was performed to minimize complications.

9. Identifying Complications:

Be vigilant for signs of infection, hematoma, seroma, lymphedema, or adverse reactions to anaesthesia. Promptly report any unusual symptoms to your healthcare provider.

Breast cancer surgery is a significant milestone in your journey towards recovery. While challenges may arise during the postoperative phase, proper care and vigilance can facilitate a smoother transition. Remember to prioritize self-care, lean on your support system, and communicate openly with your healthcare team. Each step forward is a sign of your strength and resilience in overcoming adversity.

By adhering to these post-surgery guidelines and staying proactive in your recovery journey, you're empowering yourself to embrace a healthier, brighter future beyond breast cancer.

"With Compassion & Expertise, Dr. Pragati Singhal Guiding You Towards Recovery"


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