While it is possible to sleep on your side after breast surgery, it comes with some medical concerns that aren't worth the risk. Instead, most plastic surgeons recommend that patients who have had breast surgery sleep exclusively on their backs until they are fully healed.
Additional, how do you sleep with a mastectomy drain?
For some time after surgery, it may be difficult to pull clothing over your head, so keep this in mind when you shop. When you go to sleep at night, pay attention to the location of your drains. If you are an active sleeper, you may need to sleep on your back or in a recliner to prevent dislodging them.
Apart from this, how long after mastectomy can you sleep on your side? Do not sleep on your side or stomach for one to three weeks.
In a general, how painful is mastectomy recovery?
You will have some pain after breast surgery (lumpectomy, mastectomy or breast reconstruction). For most people, this pain is temporary and goes away after you heal from the surgery. About 20 percent of people have pain that lasts for a longer period of time .
What do I need at home after a mastectomy?
Most Important Items to Have Post-MastectomyDrain lanyard for shower - Once surgery is completed, you will most likely have drains that are coming out of your body and being held in place with stitches. ... Mastectomy pillow - THIS WAS MY FAVORITE ITEM! ... Shower seat - I had no idea how weak I would be after surgery.
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- DRIVING AND RIDING PROTECTION: After mastectomy, for the ride home from the hospital, protect the chest while driving. Protect the wound after surgery reducing the impact of the seat belt and protect sensitive areas from the seatbelt.
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3 More Questions Answered
Hospital stays for mastectomy average 3 days or less. If you have a mastectomy and reconstruction at the same time, you may be in the hospital a little longer.
Begin exercises the day after your surgery. Plan to take your pain medication 20 to 30 minutes before doing your exercises. Breathe deeply and often as you do each exercise. Do the exercises 3 times a day, every day, until you have regained full range of motion in your arm(s).
In most, but not all cases, the nipple and areola are also removed. The surgeon closes the skin with stitches and puts in 1-2 tubes (surgical drains) so fluid from the wound can drain out (see image below). The drain(s) stays in for about a week to 10 days after surgery.