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Preparing For Your Breast Surgery (7736)

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Preparing For Your Breast Surgery

What to Expect Before Surgery
On the day of your surgery you will arrive at the surgery center. The surgery center will prepare
you by having you change into a gown and start an IV line. If you need to have any pre-
operative imaging procedures, the operating room will transport you to and from these
appointments prior to your surgery. If you will be having a paravertebral block as part of your
anesthesia, it will be performed once the other procedures are completed.
During surgery
You will be taken to the operating room. If you have a paravertebral block, you will be given
sedation (a medicine to put you to sleep) through an IV. If you will have general anesthesia you
will be given medicine to put you into a very deep sleep and a tube placed into your trachea
(windpipe) to control your breathing. With either choice of anesthesia you will be unaware of
what is happening and will not feel any pain.
The surgeon will perform the procedure in the operating room. If you received a paravertebral
block with sedation, you will be awoken in the operating room and then taken back to your room
in the surgery center. If you received general anesthesia, you will be taken to the surgery center
recovery room in order to slowly wake up from the anesthesia, usually about one hour. You will
then be transported to your room in the surgery center.
After Surgery
If you will be going home the same day as your surgery, you can expect to be discharged within
a few hours of surgery. If you will be spending one or more nights at the hospital you will be
transported to your hospital room.
Upon discharge:
ξ You will be given pain medicine to take home.
ξ You may have a gauze bandage over your incision which you can remove after 24 hours,
however if you have drainage from your incision, place a new piece of gauze over the site.
ξ Under any gauze dressing, your incision will be covered with special tape called steri-strips.
These will fall off by themselves or will be removed by your surgeon in clinic.
ξ If you have drains placed you will be instructed on how to care for drains before discharge
Depending upon the type of work you do and the procedure performed, you should plan to stay
home between three days and two weeks. If you had flap reconstruction you will need to stay
home for about six weeks.
You will return to see your surgeon for a post-operative visit in one to two weeks.

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Day/Date: __________________________________________ Time: __________________________
(Time will be given to you by the nurse during pre-op phone call on the day before surgery)

Procedure (check all that apply):
 Mastectomy
 Left
 Right

 Lumpectomy
 Left
 Right

 Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy
 Left
 Right

 Wire/Seed Localization
 Left
 Right

 Paravertebral Block
 Left
 Right

 Axillary Lymph Node Dissection
 Left
 Right

 Reconstruction – TRAM Flap
 Left
 Right

 Reconstruction – DIEP Flap
 Left
 Right

 Reconstruction - Lat Dorsi Flap
 Left
 Right

 Reconstruction – Expander
 Left
 Right

 Reconstruction - Implant
 Left
 Right

 Other ________________
 Left
 Right

Procedure Location:
 UW Hospital, 600 Highland Avenue, Madison WI 53792, Outpatient Surgery Center, (608) 263-8803
 UW Hospital, 600 Highland Avenue, Madison WI 53792, First Day Surgery (608) 265-8857
 Madison Surgery Center, 1 S Park Street, Madison WI 53715, Phone Number (608) 287-2200
 Meriter Hospital, 202 S Park Street, Madison WI 53715, Phone Number (608) 417-6000

 Outpatient surgery  Overnight hospital stay  Inpatient hospital stay

Surgeon: ______________________________________ Clinic Phone Number: ____________________

One Week before Surgery
ξ Please Stop Taking All Herbal Medications
Day before Surgery
ξ Please review all handouts from your doctor and the hospital or surgery center
ξ Shower or bathe using the antibacterial soap or wipes suggested by your doctor
ξ No eating or drinking, even water, after midnight unless instructed otherwise
Morning of Surgery
ξ Shower or bathe using the antibacterial soap or wipes suggested by your doctor
ξ Follow your doctor’s instructions for taking any morning medications
ξ Report to the hospital or surgery center at the time given to you during your
preoperative phone call with the nurse
ξ Please leave valuables at home. Bring your identification and insurance card.
After Surgery
ξ Arrange to have someone drive you home after surgery and stay with you for the first 24 hours
ξ Post-operative care instructions will be provided in detail including how to contact your clinic
with any concerns

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 team when using
this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright © 1/2015. University of Wisconsin Hospitals
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