Recovery After Reconstruction Surgery
Patients should expect the recovery period after surgery to take approximately six weeks, as the swelling decreases, and breast shape and position improves. A hospital stay is normally required for several nights, allowing for a safer and more comfortable recovery. The exact recovery process will depend on the technique utilized.
Patients normally feel tired and sore for a week or more after surgery. Moderate pain may be experienced. Dr. Lohner will prescribe the appropriate pain mediations to keep paitnents resting comfortably at home.
Initially, gauze bandages, a support garment, and/or surgical bra will be worn. This will minimaize swelling and promote proper healing of the breast. Women will often have drainage tubes for a short time after surgery. These will remove any fluid that collects at the incision site, as well as limit additional swelling. The first follow-up appointment will be scheduled a few days after surgery, allowing Dr. Lohner to check on a patient’s recovery progress and remove and replace their bandages.
Women normally feel well enough to return to work or school about four to five weeks after surgery. Strenuous activities, exercise, and overhead lifting should be postponed for at least six weeks following the procedure. Visible scarring will occur after the procedure. These are permanent, but will fade over time, and are easily concealed under clothing or swimwear.