We specialize in state-of-the-art breast reconstruction techniques using your body’s own tissue without sacrificing important functional muscles.

Considered the most advanced in the world today, our procedures result in a breast that closely matches your own in shape and softness.

Week 4

Walking, Sitting, and Sleeping

Abdominal DIEP/SIEA flap patients:

  • Maintain a bent forward posture.
  • Sleep on your back with your head and knees elevated.
  • Rest with your head and knees elevated.
  • Do not lay on your side or back.
  • Continue to wear your compression bra and other garments except while showering.

  • Inner Thigh TUG flap patients:

  • Keep your  knees together for four weeks.
  • Sleep flat on your back, with your knees together.
  • Sit in a reclined position, leaning back,  to avoid any tension on your inner thigh incision.
  • Continue to wear your compression bra and other garments except while showering.

  • Buttock SGAP/IGAP patients:

  • Please lay flat on your back or stand straight.
  • Sleep flat on your back.
  • To avoid any tension on your buttock incision line – do not sit.
  • Continue to wear your compression bra and other garments except while showering.
  • Increase your daily walking (2-3 blocks).
  • General Instructions

  • There are no restrictions to shoulder movement.  Start by lifting your arm above your head and work towards full movement.  By week five, your shoulder movement should be back to normal.
  • Most patients may return to work four to six weeks following a breast reconstruction surgery, or two to four weeks following reconstruction with an implant. If your job requires physical exertion, more time may be needed.
  • No sexual activity.
  • Do not lift more than 2 kilograms/5 pounds (example: a phone book).
  • You may drive unless you are on a narcotic pain medication or you have abnormal blood results.
  • Avoid smoking and exposure to second hand smoke.
  • Avoid sun exposure.
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