If you’re a New Jersey woman who has decided to have breast reduction surgery, you are probably feeling some mixed emotions. On the one hand, you’re likely relieved that the pain and discomfort associated with large breasts will soon be coming to an end and that before you know it, you will have breasts that are more comfortable to live with and better accentuate your silhouette. At the same time, you may be feeling some anxiety about your impending procedure, especially if you’ve never had surgery before. To help calm these fears, we’ve prepared this blog post with tips for preparing for a breast reduction surgery.
Get Your Transportation Plan in Place
On the day of your New Jersey breast reduction, you will be receiving strong IV anesthesia so that you are completely asleep and unaware that your surgery is taking place. Because you’ll be taking such strong medications, you won’t be able to drive yourself home when you’re released from the outpatient surgery center. Make arrangements in advance for a family member or a friend to drive you home from your surgery.
Arrange for 1 Week Off from School or Work
Recovering from a breast reduction surgery takes time for New Jersey women. If you attend school or have a job, you’ll need to arrange to take a week off to recover. And if you are a stay at home mom or homemaker, you’ll need extra help around the house to care for your children and tend to your home, as your number one job post-surgery is to rest and relax so that your body can naturally heal.
Prepare for a Place to Comfortably Rest
After a breast reduction, you won’t be able to sleep on your stomach, a sleeping position that many New Jersey women enjoy. Instead, you’ll need to sleep on your back with your back propped up with pillows, or in the fetal position. Some breast reduction patients prefer to sleep in a recliner, and if you don’t own one, you may consider renting one for the week of recovery. Think about what sleeping and resting positions will make you most comfortable, and plan accordingly.
Get Extra Help Around the House
Even if you’re not a stay at home mom or homemaker, you won’t be able to do many chores as you are recovering from your surgery. Make sure you enlist the help of family or friends to do basic chores like cooking, cleaning, and laundry while you are recovering from your surgery. Trust us, while it may be awkward to ask for help, you’ll appreciate the extra hands when the time comes.
If You Smoke, Quit Now
Smoking is dangerous if you’re undergoing surgery. Smoking can restrict blood vessels, making it harder for Dr. Comizio to perform your breast reduction, as well as complicating your recovery process. Dr. Comizio is a nonjudgmental physician. If you smoke, be honest with her, and she can help you get enrolled in a smoking cessation program so that you can have the best possible surgical and recovery experience.
Ask Dr. Comizio if You Have Any Further Questions
Dr. Comizio is here to help you, both before, during, and after your New Jersey breast reduction surgery. If you have questions about how to prepare for your procedure, make sure to ask her during your consultation so she can review your pre-op instructions with you, or call our office to speak with one of our knowledgeable staff about pre-surgery preparation tips at (973) 775-9248.