As part of your surgery, you were administered General Anaesthesia. It is not uncommon for the anaesthesia to cause nausea or sickness whilst at the hospital but it is unlikely that the feeling of nausea is still present after leaving our hospital. After leaving the hospital, the anesthesia will still be in your blood stream, which will make you feel slightly tired and sleepy.
An important factor to note is, as the Anaesthesia is slowly dispelled from your body, through your urine etc. you may feel jittery or shaky for about 30 minutes while your body readjusts itself.
The feeling is much like having too much caffeine and is more noticeable in patients with a smaller frame and weight.
Try to rest as much as possible as soon as you get home and ensure any activity and movement is kept to an absolute minimum.
Whoever is caring for you on your first night after surgery, can be of great assistance by:
- Helping you remove your shoes when returning home and assisting with changing your clothes.
This is to ensure you are not moving your arms up and down which may cause discomfort.
Try to remain in your resting position. Those who are caring for you can bring you water, refreshments etc. to ensure you are not having to get up and lie down multiple times.
Again this is just a precaution so you can avoid the possibility of dizziness or an aching pain to your breasts or lower back
WHAT TO EAT
There are no precautions needed when eating after a Breast surgery.
WHAT TO DRINK
For the first 24 hours, try to drink 2 litres of Water. Any soft drinks and juices are also fine to drink at room temperature.
Do not drink any alcohol and avoid smoking in the first 14 days after surgery. Both these have an adverse effect to the healing progress. The thumb rule here is that anything that delays your recovery, can increase the chances of affecting your final results.
It is important to take all medications that we have given you. In most cases you would have been given:
Take 400mg every 6 hours. This is to help with any swelling and inflammation
Take 2 tablets every 4 hours. This is to control any slight pain/discomfort.
Most patients feel no pain at all, but do not be concerned if there is slight pain. You can avoid any onset of pain if you continue to take both the above tablets on time as soon as you leave the hospital.
If you are on any other prescription medications, please continue to take them as per normal after surgery, unless you have been told otherwise..
For all herbal supplements, dietary products, vitamins etc. you can restart these after 48 hours after your surgery.
The most common pain after breast surgery can occur after the general anesthesia has worn off, you may feel discomfort under the breasts where any inscisions were made. This is usually from the retraction of skin to adapt to the new breast size.