Breast Expander Removal with Breast Implant Placement
What to Do
▪ Plan to take off work for a week or
two. This depends on the type of
work you do.
▪ Avoid strenuous exercise for 2
weeks. No running or swimming,
avoid pushing, pulling, vacuuming,
and limit reaching above your head
for the first 2 weeks.
▪ No lifting more than 10 pounds in
the first 2 weeks.
▪ You will have a special support bra
put on you during surgery. This bra
is to be worn day and night after
surgery. You may remove it to
shower. You may wash it.
▪ You may shower the day after
▪ You may have a small drain placed
during surgery. You will be given
instructions on when to have this
▪ Wear loose, comfortable clothing for
a few days, and continue to wear
your surgical bra or sports bra for the
first 2 weeks. No underwire bras.
▪ Plan to visit your surgeon in 5-7
days, and 14 days.
▪ You may use ice packs once every
hour for 10 minutes to help reduce
swelling and discomfort.
▪ Sleeping with the head and chest
area elevated with pillows for the
first 2 days will help to decrease
▪ No driving while taking narcotic pain
When to Call your Doctor
▪ Redness and swelling, pus-like
drainage, and warmer than usual
around the incision site.
▪ Pain not relieved with pain medicine.
▪ Excess bruising or bleeding.
▪ Temperature greater than 100.5 θF for
more than two readings taken 4
Surgery Clinic: (608) 263 – 7502, 8:00
a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
After hours, the clinic number is answered
by the paging operator. Ask for the Plastic
Surgery resident on call. Leave your name
and phone number with the area code. The
doctor will call you back.
Toll Free: 1-800-323-8942.
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if
you have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your
doctor. This is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition.
Because each person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care
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