Preparing for the surgery (IV)

The day before

The breast reconstruction is an important process and it needs a conscious scheduling for the patient. For this reason I wrote post 1,2 and 3 with the one I will write today I will complete the list of tips directed to your preparation the day before and the same day of the breast reconstruction.

Patients who take a breast reconstruction after breast cancer and the ones who undergo a prophylactic or preventive mastectomy usually get stressed the days before the surgery.

For this reason, we think the information posted is this 4 chapters can help you in preparing you for the surgery

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The day before breast reconstruction

This is not the appropriate day to take important decisions and make important arrangements for this we recommend:

  1. Remove nail polish and artificial nails
  2. Get relaxed, each patient in their own way (yoga, tai-chi, movie, at home, …)
  3. Washing yourself with bactericidal soap at least two days before the surgery
  4. Decide what to wear on the day of admission and also the day of leaving the hospital: wide, comfortable clothing that is buttoned in front, and shoes as comfortable as possible.
  5. Prepare a bag or suitcase to spend the night (toiletries with hygiene products, underwear, documentation required, favourite music …)
  6. Leave valuables at home
  7. Keep a list of all the medication used (although the hospital will already provide it)
  8. Take a light dinner (and do not eat or drink or even water after midnight or the term established by the anaesthetist)
  9. Consider having sex if desired.

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EThe day of breast surgery

Today is the day. It is important to:

  1. Take a shower and wash your hair
  2. Do not make-up
  3. Talk with family and friends
  4. Leave notes or messages to children or family members
  5. Try to get relaxed
  6. Keep a positive attitude

Based on my experience the tips I have exposed throughout the 4 posts seem the most appropriate and necessary to get as comfortable and calm as possible before undergoing a breast reconstruction.

I hope that can help all the women that are considering the decision to rebuild this important part of your body and I remain, at your disposal for any questions or comments you may need.

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