Planning for Breast Reconstruction Surgery
You should discuss your expectations for your breast reconstruction during the consultation sessions with your breast reconstruction surgeon. You should avoid using alcohol and any medications that contain aspirin or ibuprofen, and herbal supplements, prior to a mastectomy reconstruction. Smoking significantly lengthens your recovery time, and should be stopped well in advance of your breast surgery.
Breast cancer reconstruction surgery usually takes between one and six hours, depending on the type of procedure used, and you should plan to remain in hospital for a few days following your breast reconstruction.
As a general rule, do not eat or drink anything after midnight on the day of your breast reconstruction surgery.
Remember to bring loose, comfortable clothing, pyjamas and slippers on the day of your breast reconstruction surgery, along with any toiletries you may need, including feminine hygiene products, books and magazines to read, tissues, and any medications you are allowed to use.
You should plan on returning to work within about two to six weeks following your breast reconstruction.