Breast Surgery

Breast Surgery – Post Op Instructions

  • Post surgical bra is to be worn morning and night for 6 weeks following surgery. The bra can be taken off for short periods of time. Please remember to take your garment to the hospital on the day of your surgery.
    NB: The bra can be cleaned by cool wash and dry. No heat to be used.
  • No underwire for 6 weeks following surgery.
  • You must sleep at a slight angle for 7 days following surgery due to swelling. A boomerang pillow is highly recommended.
  • Use ice packs for the first 72 hours
  • Post op exercises are imperative and recommended three times a day. Please see attached.
  • No gym or strenuous work for 6 weeks following surgery.
  • No lifting anything over 2 kgs for 10 – 14 days following surgery.
  • Post surgical Micropore tape is to be worn for 6 – 8 weeks following surgery.
  • No driving for 2 – 6 weeks following surgery.
  • For the first week following surgery, it will be very swollen and painful. You will be given pain management for the first week.
  • For the second week following surgery, you will be much improved and have good movement.
  • You can return to work 1 – 2 weeks following surgery.
  • No swimming for 3 – 6 weeks or until completely healed.
  • Heal light is highly recommended three times a week or at least two times a week.
  • Post op appointments will be scheduled for one week, six weeks, three months, six months and twelve months.