Reducing Mastectomy Recovery Complications

What is a Mastectomy?

A mastectomy is a surgical procedure to remove all of the breast tissue from a breast. It may be performed to treat breast cancer or to prevent it from developing. Mastectomies can be performed on either or both breasts as a preventive measure for those with a very high risk of developing breast cancer, such as those with the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation.

As with any major surgery, mastectomies can take a toll on your body. Utilizing the following tips and listening to your doctor’s recommendations are vital throughout recovery.

Mastectomy Surgery Recovery Tips

Recovery from a mastectomy can take several weeks. During this time, it is essential to rest and allow your body to heal. Complications from surgery are rare but can include infection, bleeding, and pain.

There are several things you can do to reduce the risk of complications and speed up your recovery:

  • Get plenty of rest. Sleep is important for healing.
  • Eat a healthy diet. Eating nutritious foods will help your body to heal.
  • Take your medications as prescribed. Be sure to ask your doctor if you have any questions.
  • Exercise and do some light activity as tolerated. This will help to increase your energy and speed up your recovery.
  • Avoid smoking. Smoking can delay healing and increase the risk of complications.
  • Keep duct drains clean. These will be removed after a week to ten days.
  • Have the support of a loved one. Someone should be there to take you home after surgery, assist with preparing meals, or help you move around the house.

If Complications Arise

Contact your doctor or surgeon if you experience any problems during your recovery. Mastectomy recovery can be challenging, but following these tips can help ensure a smooth and uncomplicated recovery.

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