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How to Know when to Call the Doctor After Breast Implant Surgery

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  1. Inform yourself in advance, if possible.Ask questions when meeting with the surgeon and the anesthesiologist prior to surgery. Once you (or your loved one) is in the hospital, ask the staff about specific care-giving tasks before you leave. This may involve how much and what type of physical activity the patient should participate in, how to bandage scars, warning signs to check for, etc.
  2. Change the bandages according to your doctor's or nurse's instructions.
    • If you don't know how often to change them, call and ask. Do not open any professionally applied bandages "just to take a look". Ask your doctor or nurse whether you need to apply topical disinfectant and which kind is safe to use.
    • Buy rubber gloves, and sterile gauze or adhesive gauze bandages in the appropriate size in the drugstore. When changing the bandages, do not breathe in the direction of the scar. As long as the stitches are still in, the site is prone to infection because the skin is still broken.
  3. Comply with the instructions concerning bathing.Usually, bathing is not permitted as long as drainage tubes are still in place. Whether you can bathe with stitches still in is a question of your overall health status and should be decided by your doctor.
  4. Try to prevent infection by foregoing physical activity.If the patient sweats, this will aid bacterial growth. Movement will place tension on the scars and increase the risk of opening them.
    • Put a care network in place and avoid any kind of strenuous activity. Order in the patient's meals, if nobody else can provide care. Don't let them lift anything heavy. Physically place your hands over your scars and apply pressure while laughing, sneezing, coughing, or doing anything that causes your chest muscles to contract.
  5. Do visual bandage checks from the outside and take the patient's temperature regularly (at least twice a day).Take pictures regularly from the outside to monitor leakage of fluids. Draw around visible leaks/stains with a pen on the outside of the bandage to monitor whether it is expanding or has already stopped. Don't press on the bandage too hard.
    • If there is leakage of fluids that are slightly yellow and very watery, that is normal. If the bandage is soaking through very quickly or the site is bleeding, or the site around the stitches is puffy and red, the patient runs a fever or is feeling intense pain, always call the doctor. If any of the stitches should open up, call ahead and then immediately take the patient in to medical care.
    • If the patient is released from the hospital with drainage tubes still in, and one of them should slip out or loosen, DO NOT touch the site or pull, push or tug on the tube. They are very long and you will cause internal injury. Seek medical assistance immediately.

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    I just found out I have breast cancer, and the lump is growing fast. What happens next?
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    Some people have surgery; others undergo radiotherapy or chemotherapy; others have both. Your doctor will advise what is best for you and your body. Stay positive, and remember you are strong.
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  • Research before the surgery goes a long way. Don't assume that everyone will give you the necessary information the day you leave the hospital. Check out hospital websites with information that walks you through the healing process. Since you will need some medical supplies, try to buy them in advance or make plans with a friend, family member, or acquaintance to go to the store for you and assist you with bandage changes.




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