There are certain benchmarks most women hit before, during and when recovering from their Breast Reconstruction procedure.
Six Weeks Before
Six weeks prior to your surgery, you should be preparing by quitting smoking and purchasing supplies for your recovery. The earlier you stop smoking the lower your risks of complications from surgery.
What to Bring to the Hospital
Before heading to the hospital, make sure you have everything you need.
One Day Before Surgery
The day before your surgery, you should stop eating and drinking by midnight.
On surgery day, there are specific steps for you to follow once you arrive at the hospital.
Your Surgery Begins
Once you reach your surgery suite, you are in the capable hands of a very talented team.
First Days of Recovery
You will likely experience physical and emotional exhaustion in the hours following your surgery.
After Surgery Care: 0 – 3 weeks
When you return home, there are further guidelines you must follow to ensure your healing process goes as seamlessly as possible.
At the four week mark, you will notice significant progress.
Weeks 5 – 6
At the five-week mark, you will notice yourself feeling better but you should still adhere to strict positioning guidelines.
6 weeks to 3 months
At the six-week mark, you will be able to move around without your special garments.
When you near three months after surgery, you will be able to participate in moderate activity.
At six months post-surgery, your activity levels should return to normal.