How You Might Feel After Your Operation

  • You may feel slightly nauseated, light-headed, dizzy or sleepy for 24 hours after an anaesthetic.
  • You may have a slight temperature for 2 days.
  • Your breast may be somewhat larger than the other post-operatively due to some swelling which is normal after surgery.
  • Your breast is vascular and bruising is expected.

Incision Care

  • Please wear a well-fitting bra continually (day and night) for 2 weeks after your surgery. This supports your breast so that you have less pain and bruising.
  • If you have a dressing over the incision, this may be removed after 24 hours unless otherwise instructed by your surgeon.
  • If you have small strips over the incision, leave these on until you return to your surgeon, unless told otherwise.
  • You may shower or have a bath 24 hours after surgery.
  • If you have staples or stitches in, your surgeon will tell you when they should be removed.
  • Putting a clean cloth over your dressing and applying pressure with your hand can control bright red bleeding that soaks through your dressing. Contact your surgeon.

You will need to call your doctor if you have:

  • A fever that persists beyond 2 days (>38.5 or 101 F.)
  • A breast that is warm to touch, swollen and reddened
  • Foul smelling drainage from your incision
If you cannot contact your doctor, go to the nearest Emergency Department.

For 24 hours after surgery:

  • Do not drive
  • Do not operate heavy equipment
  • Do not drink alcohol
  • Do not smoke
  • Do not make any important decisions
  • Arrange for someone to be with you the first night at home

Pain and Medication

  • Your surgeon will provide a prescription for a pain reliever to take as needed
  • Follow your surgeon’s advice on resuming your usual medications


  • Eat light foods for the first day, such as tea, toast, soup and Jell-O®
  • If diabetic, follow your surgeon’s instructions regarding diet and medication

Activity and Exercise

  • Some fatigue can be expected for a few days after your operation. You will need to rest after your surgery.
  • Ask your surgeon when it is safe to return to your regular activity and work

Follow-Up Care

  • Call your surgeon’s office for a follow-up appointment. The appointment date should be set within 7-10 days following your surgery.
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