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Cindy D.

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post-surgery tips - Thursday, May 14, 2009 7:43 PM
I just read the thread started by pebblesm. She is having surgery and was asking about what to expect afterwards.
 
And suddenly it dawned on me that we don't have a "sticky" thread for post surgery tips!!!  We have a "sticky" thread for radiation tips, and for chemo tips, so why not post-surgery tips?!
 
So, what say you, Deb and Tricia? Can we have a "sticky" thread for post-surgery tips?
 
My surgery was almost two years ago, but here is what I remember:
 
1. bring your own slippers to the hospital (I hate those slipper socks!)
 
2. have a button front shirt to wear home
 
3. have button front pajamas to wear at home
 
4. in the kitchen, move things you use frequently to lower levels so you can reach them without having to raise your arm(s) too high
 
5. discuss physical therapy with your surgeon
 
6. discuss when your surgeon likes to take out the drain(s). My surgeon took it out after 5 days, when it was draining less than 100 cc's in a day, but then I had to go to the office 3 or 4 times over the next 2 weeks to have more fluid drained. Luckily I live only 10 minutes from his office.
 
7. have pillows for support when you are sleeping
 
8. If you are going to be using prosthesis, meet with the fitter before the surgery and she can give you a soft, foam prosthetic to use until the swelling goes down.  I had to wait about 5-6 weeks before she fit me for the real deal.
 
that's all I can think of at the moment, but I know that there are plenty more ideas and tips out there!!
 
take care,
cindy d.
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