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Re:Preparing for Surgery - what should I do? - Friday, July 08, 2016 10:12 PM

Hi Catgirl:

I think my drains were just over a week.  Everyone is different.  As soon as the draining stops the drains come out.  You don't want them out too soon so again it depends a great deal on your body and the surgeon.

Because I had expanders put into place for my reconstruction and they were placed under the muscle, I was told to give it some time.  I went back to work after two weeks but was told to take it easy.  I lived for the first month in button up tops so as not to have to extend my arms.  After the drains came out, the doctor did tell me that I could shower but be careful.  Try not to life my arms past my shoulder.  I did end up going to the beauty shop to get my hair washed a couple of times.  I just can't stand greasy hair.

After I stopped taking the pain meds, I was able to do more for myself.  Just had to adhere to the limits that were placed on me.

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Re:Preparing for Surgery - what should I do? - Monday, August 29, 2016 6:32 PM
Learn about your surgery and meet with your medical team. Talk to your surgeon and to the expert who manages your comfort and care during the operation, your anesthesiologist. Ask them questions about everything, from risks to healing time.
Keep your eyes on the stars, your feet on the ground.
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