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Post Operative Instructions

Post operative instructions for patients

  1. Leave gauze dressing in place for 48 hours, then remove gauze and leave steri-strips in place for at least one week.
  2. Showers are OK; avoid tub baths, Jacuzzis and swimming pools for 2 weeks.
  3. Avoid heavy lifting on surgery side, running, jumping and contact sports for one 1 week.
  4. Ice packs to surgical area during the first 1-2 days are helpful for pain and swelling.
  5. Wear surgical bra (if given) or well-fitting sports bra, for light compression and comfort, day and night, for 7 days.
  6. Avoid ibuprofen or aspirin for 48 hours after surgery.
  7. If not already done, schedule a post-operative follow-up appointment for 1 week after surgery.
  8. Call office for redness or excessive swelling around incision, or for prolonged or purulent drainage from incision.
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