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Surgery Tips

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The following tips/advice may help you during and after your surgery. All opinions expressed are my own based on personal experience (tram flap re-construction) unless otherwise stated - please disregard the notes that do not apply to you. None of the points listed are meant as a replacement to Medical Care.  Please check with your Breast Care Nurse or Consultant prior to using any of the advice on this site.

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- Keep up all exercises, it will help with movement in the long term

-If you have time prior to the operation, pamper yourself

-Have your hair cut in a manageable style

-Organise things at home so you arenít worrying about it when you are in hospital (I produced a book for my partner to help him with useful information, telephone numbers, visiting times, where to find the iron!! etc.,)

-Buy combined Shampoo & Conditioner, use Simple or similar products

-High Protein diet (helps with healing) Check with Doctor First

-Follow advice given by staff at the hospital

-Try not to compare yourself with other patients no two cases are alike, we all recover/heal at different rates

-Wear short sleeve, button fronted pyjamas it makes any drains you may have easier to manage and also daily examinations

-If having an immediate reconstruction wear a soft supporting bra

-Go easy on the visitors until you have got in to a routine

-Take the time you are in hospital to get as much rest as possible

-Donít beat yourself up if initially progress is slow following your operation

-Donít be afraid to ask for help

-Contact CancerBACUP for literature associated with your surgery, it may guide you to ask questions about the operation & recovery etc.,

-Keep a few things packed in a bag should you need to go back to hospital at anytime