Opting for elective surgery like breast reduction surgery can be emotionally draining for any woman. You need some mental preparation prior to this surgery. Once you have decided to go for breast reduction surgery, the surgeon will explain the pros and cons of this surgery. It might raise fears and apprehensions, but you should have full confidence on your surgeon.
A confident mind with a positive outlook can overcome any negative thought. Devote enough time to gather your senses and prepare yourself for the surgery. Never let your emotions ride on you and try to divert your tensions and worries else you will feel stressed out. An over stressed mind can slow down healing after the surgery.
Before breast reduction surgery, you might also be asked to
- Complete various lab tests
- Get a baseline mammogram
- Stop smoking for a certain period of time before and after surgery
- Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements to control bleeding during surgery
The Preoperative Appointment
If you schedule a surgery date you will more than likely schedule a pre-operative visit as well. This will entail another trip to the surgeon’s office and blood work to check your red and white blood cell counts among other things. This is often called a CBC test for complete blood count. This will identify any pre-existing disorders such as anemia, some cancers (leukemia or lymphoma), and whether your body might be fighting an infection. Usually before surgery, only a CBC is performed, as well as a pregnancy test if you are of childbearing age.
If you are on medication due to some ailments, inform your surgeon and follow his guidance. Never take any over- the- counter analgesics or anti inflammatory medicines without his recommendation.
Arrange A Helping Hand For You
It is impossible for you to go through the ordeal of breast reduction surgery all alone. Ask your partner or a family member to help you for a few days else you can call a friend in case they are not available. You will need somebody to drive you back home after surgery. Your partner or friend should stay with you for few days as you will be in full bed rest at that time.
Get Some Books And DVD’s
Have lots of movies, books, magazines or videogames on hand. You need to take it easy for a few days, so you may become bored and anxious. Keep a good stock of magazines and books before you leave for surgery. Visit a music store and pick up some choicest videos or music CDs. Keep your iPod and TV remote within your reach. This will relax your mind before and after the surgery.
Quit Smoking And Drinking
You should quit smoking a couple of weeks before the surgery and abstain from it till you are fully cured. Smoking hinders healing of wounds as the tissues are deprived of the required oxygen supply. You should also stop drinking one week before the surgery.
Keep All Your Necessary Items
Rearrange your bed with comfortable pillows and blankets. Items like books, magazines, music player, cell phone, snack boxes, water bottle and glass should be placed on a small table near your bed. This will restrict your physical movement during the healing period.
Pack Essential Items Before Leaving
Pack your bag carefully before you head towards the hospital. Check whether you have included all essential items like clothes, medicines, music player, tooth brush, comb, shower caps, spectacles, body lotion, magazine, soft tissue, napkin and hand wash. Avoid wearing contact lenses while leaving for the hospital.
Follow a healthy and disciplined life style before the scheduled date of surgery. Improve your diet with extra nutrients to boost your immunity. Practice meditation daily for 10-15 minutes. This will calm down your nerves and erase unnecessary tensions from your mind. Inform your friends and acquaintances about your impending surgery so that they can help you in case of any urgency.