Because surgery can possibly alter your mammogram it’s a good idea and often required by the doctor to get a mamogram prior to your surgery. You will be provided a set of pre-operative instructions describing how you should prepare for surgery. It’s possible in rare situations that a blood transfusion is necessary so it may be advised to donate a unit of your own blood several weeks prior to surgery. This is typically only recommended for patients with very large breasts.
It’s important to arrange for a responsible adult to be available to take you home after the surgery and stay with you the first night.
Day of Surgery
You’ll meet with Dr. Griner and the anesthesiologist prior to surgery. This is a good chance for any last minute questions. The actual surgery typically takes less than 3 hours. Afterwards you’ll be moved into your recovery room which will typically last 1 to 1 1/2 hours before you’ll be discharged.
After surgery you’ll need to restrict certain activities that involve heavy lifting or vigorous arm movements for up to 4 weeks. Most women return to work approximately 10 – 14 days after surgery. You’ll be provided with a detailed list activities to avoid and things to be aware of post surgery.