Post Mastectomy Care: Comprehensive Guide

Mastectomy, or breast removal surgery, is a significant procedure for breast cancer survivors. After undergoing this surgery, adjustments may be necessary during both the healing process and afterward. However, there are several steps to post mastectomy care that can make this journey more comfortable.

Post Mastectomy Care Upon Returning Home

Upon discharge from the hospital, it’s essential to follow these steps for a quick and comfortable recovery:

  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Take medications as prescribed.
  • Regularly perform arm exercises to prevent stiffness.
  • Avoid doing to many house chores.

Surgical Wound Care

Proper care in the post mastectomy period is crucial to prevent infection and alleviate pain. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Do not remove the surgical dressing unless instructed by your doctor.
  • If the dressing comes off before it’s allowed to be removed, contact a breast care nurse for further instructions.
  • Once the dressing can be removed, you may shower.
  • Clean the wound area with mild soap and water, avoid scrubbing as it can prolong the wound recovery.
  • Gently pat the wound area dry after rinsing.
  • For patients advised against bathing until the stitches are removed, sponge baths with a soft sponge are recommended.
  • Avoid bathing in a bathtub or swimming pool until your doctor permits.

During the Mastectomy Recovery Period

Recovery from a mastectomy without reconstruction typically takes about 2 weeks, while recovery with reconstruction may take longer, approximately 4 weeks. During this healing period, you may experience the following:

  • Limited movement and lingering pain during the first week.
  • Improvement in condition during the second week.
  • Increased comfort after the surgical drain is removed.
  • Avoid lifting heavy objects or engaging in strenuous exercise during recovery.
  • Instead of bed rest, aim to walk 3-4 times a day or move every 2 hours.
  • Physiotherapy may be recommended about a month after surgery to prevent stiffness in the arm muscles and promote comfortable movement.

Recognizing Post Mastectomy Emergency Conditions

While regular check-ups are essential after returning home, seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of the following:

  • Fever of 38.6 degrees Celsius or higher.
  • Swelling in the arm on the same side as the breast surgery.
  • Surgical wound bleeding, redness, warmth to touch, or pus discharge.
  • Persistent pain despite medication.
  • Shortness of breath or persistent cough.
  • Inability to eat or drink after surgery.

If you have any questions or need further consultation after mastectomy, don’t hesitate to contact our breast care nurse at +62 811-1990-3792 (Exclusive for Mandaya Patients). For general inquiries about breast cancer, reach out to us via WhatsApp Chat.

Mandaya Royal Hospital Puri boasts a comprehensive breast lump center with state-of-the-art equipment and experienced specialist doctors. Feel free to schedule your appointment with a doctor now through the Book Appointment page or the Care Doctor app, available for download on Google Play and the App Store. In addition to appointments, you can monitor your queue number and access other relevant information there.

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