What will happen after my breast capsulectomy surgery?

You will be taken to a recovery room following your surgery. Your progress will be carefully monitored by highly trained medical staff which includes checking your pulse and heart rate at regular intervals.

As soon as they are happy with your condition you will be taken back to your room.

Once there a nurse will check your blood pressure and other vital signs. He/she will also check the condition of your surgical wounds. Surgical drains (small tubes) may still be in place. Don’t worry, these are temporary only and are only there to remove excess fluids.

You will be encouraged to get up and move around as soon as you can. This is to prevent blood clots forming in the legs which can be dangerous.

Your breasts will feel sore and bruised. You will be tired and out of sorts which is a normal reaction to surgery. A general anaesthetic can make you feel groggy, nauseous and disorientated for up to 48 hours. Do not drive, operate any machinery or make any important decisions during that time.

You will have some pain but this can be controlled with pain medication.

You will have to wear a special bra for a couple of weeks. You will also have to keep the dressings in place for that time. Make sure they do not get wet. After a couple of weeks, the wounds will be checked and cleaned but until that time, ensure that the dressings stay dry.

There will be scarring and these will have a firm, pink appearance for the next six weeks. Bear in mind that these will stay the same size for several months. It could be two years before they completely fade.

As with other forms of surgery you need to avoid any unnecessary bending, stretching or physical activity. You should get plenty of rest although you may be able to do some light activities after a couple of days.

You can return to work after a couple of days.

Do not undertake any sports or other physical activities for at least 7 to 10 days. You are looking, on average, at two weeks for a full recovery.

You will have to attend a series of regular follow up visits to check on your progress. These are to ensure that there are no long term complications such as infections or the formation of capsules.

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