After surgery

Following the right post-surgery plan is very important to help give you healthy, aesthetically appealing treatment results while minimizing your risk of complications and undesired side effects.  Taking proper action can not only speed up your healing process, but also help you achieve even more natural results.

Immediately after your operation

Directly after your mastectomy, the most important thing for you to do is rest, so that your body can recover and regenerate after the procedure. Care staff and pain therapists at the Limmatklinik or Zuger Kantonsspital will take excellent care of you during your stay. I will also visit you and change your bandages after your operation. Most people stay in the hospital for two days after mastectomy surgery. Before you are discharged from the hospital, your drainage tubes will be trimmed and the drainage bottle will be removed. Subsequent post-operative checkups will be scheduled at my clinic at regular intervals.

Preventative measures and treating post-operative pain

We will draw up a pain medication plan for the pain you experience after surgery. Preventative medication and compression socks will minimize your risk of thrombosis and embolism. We will also prescribe homeopathic remedies to facilitate wound healing and reduce swelling.

Special compression clothing after the operation

After a few days, we will swap the bandage on your chest for special compression clothing, which helps press wound discharge out of the body and minimizes the risk of post-operative pain and swelling. Besides helping the body heal, in most cases, it also has a positive effect on torso shape. You will need to wear your compression clothing for around four to six weeks.

Movement and sports

Rest and recovery are essential after any operation, but early mobilization can also be beneficial to healing. The most important thing is not to overexert yourself – build up your level of physical activity slowly over time. Short walks are ideal. Avoid physically strenuous sports for the first few weeks or months—most people can resume sports after around four to six weeks, though it’s advisable to get medical advice first.

Home recovery tips at a glance

  • Get plenty of rest; take regular breaks
  • Take pain medication, homeopathic remedies and anti-thrombosis injections as prescribed
  • Balanced diet
  • Plenty of fluids
  • Short walks
  • Wear compression clothing (around 4 to 6 weeks)
  • Get enough sleep
  • Whenever possible, lie on your back with your head elevated
  • Avoid heavy lifting and sports (around 4 to 6 weeks)
  • Avoid raising your arms above shoulder height at first
  • Avoid stress
  • Arrange in advance to have someone help you with day-to-day tasks (especially for your first few days back home)

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