There are many things you should do after breast reduction surgery. However, there are also many things that you should avoid doing during your post-surgery period. You must know what these dos and don’ts are before you have your surgery so you can prepare correctly.
Do Get A Good Night’s Rest
Following surgery of any type, your body will need to rest. Getting a good night’s sleep will help your body recover, but it can be hard to get. After the surgery, your surgeon will recommend sleeping on your back for at least two weeks.
If you do not generally sleep on your back, this is something you will need to get used to. You can also try sleeping in a reclining chair to ensure you do not turn. Placing extra pillows on your bed to support you can also help you stay on your back and relieve any lower back pressure you might have.
Do Not Drive
In the two weeks after your surgery, you need to avoid driving. At this time, handling the steering wheel will cause discomfort, and you will want to avoid this. You are also likely to be on pain killers who will impair your ability to operate a vehicle.
While you are not able to drive, you will be ready to wear your seat belt. To ensure you are comfortable, you will need to place a small pillow over your chest. This will reduce any friction and ensure you adhere to the rules of the road.
Do Start Walking
Sitting in one position during recovery is something you should avoid, and the best way to do this is to walk. Walking at a gentle pace will also help you stay active after your surgery. Of course, you will need to talk with your surgeon about this because everyone reacts to surgery differently.
Do Not Participate In Strenuous Activities
While you can stay active with gentle walking, you need to avoid any strenuous activities. Running and aerobics need to be avoided as they can hinder the recovery process. The clothing you wear for these activities can also cause issues with the scar tissue.
Most surgeons will advise not doing any strenuous activities for six weeks after surgery. At this point, you should talk to your surgeon and find out if you can start these activities again. This will depend on how well your body has healed.
While avoiding these activities, you also need to avoid lifting heavy objects for six weeks after the surgery. Bending at the waist should also be avoided as this can pull at the healing tissue. Before you have the operation, you should go through your house and move everything above waist height.
After your surgery, there are many things that you should and should not do. Your surgeon will generally provide you with a breakdown of this, but it includes avoiding strenuous exercise and driving. You should sleep on your back and get some movement through gentle walks.