Breast Augmentation Postoperative Care
During the patient’s preoperative visit, Dr. Gouverne will prescribe 3 different medications, Lortab or Ultracet, Phenergan, and Restoril. The patient should fill all medications prescribed by Dr. Gouverne before surgery.
- Lortab 5.0 is a pain medication. Ultracet is prescribed when the patient has an allergy to Lortab. The patient should begin by taking half a tablet and increase to two tablets as necessary. Lortab or Ultracet may be taken every 4 hours.
- Phenergan is a suppository and can be used in cases of severe nausea and vomiting.
- Restoril is a sleep aid. The patient may take the Restoril pill at night after pain is controlled with Lortab or Ultracet.
FOLLOW ALL THE DIRECTIONS ON THE PRESCRIPTION BOTTLE LABEL.
DO NOT TAKE PAIN MEDICATION ON AN EMPTY STOMACH.
USE ONLY TYLENOL (ACETAMINOPHEN) BASED MEDICATIONS FOR 2 WEEKS FOLLOWING SURGERY. DO NOT TAKE ANY PRODUCTS CONTAINING ASPIRIN OR ADVIL (IBUPROFEN).
PAIN PUMP INSTRUCTIONS (Optional pain management choice at extra cost)
- Monitor pain pump balloon inside pain pump unit.
- When pain pump balloon is empty, remove clear adhesive tape and pull out wires.
- When empty, discard drain pump unit at home.
- The patient will experience some pain the first 3 to 4 days following surgery and will remain sore for approximately 2 weeks after surgery. Pain medication will help through the first 3-4 days.
- Do not remove adhesive tape on incisions. Dr. Gouverne will remove adhesive tape at the 1-week postoperative appointment.
- The patient should rest at home for 1 to 2 days following surgery.
- The patient may take a shower the day after surgery, but may not take a bath or submerge the surgical area until sutures are removed approximately 1 week after surgery.
- The patient should not engage in strenuous recreational activity such as, sports, running, and high-impact aerobics, until Dr. Gouverne gives his approval to do so. All other activity can be resumed as is comfortable for patient.
POSTOPERATIVE FOLLOW-UP APPOINTMENTS
- The patient will be scheduled to come into our office for follow-up appointments. The first follow-up appointment will be the day after surgery.
- The second postoperative appointment will be 1 week after surgery. Sutures are removed at the 1 week follow-up appointment.
CALL DR. GOUVERNE’S OFFICE AT (361) 993-2222 IF:
Signs of hematoma emerge. A hematoma is excessive bleeding at the surgical site. It is normal for a small amount of blood to seep through the incisions. Call Dr. Gouverne’s office if you notice the following hematoma symptoms or suspect a hematoma.
- Marked swelling in the breast beyond breast area
- Increasing pain that does not respond to pain medication
- Significantly uneven breasts
- Bleeding from incision enough to soak a wash cloth or more. It is normal for a small amount of blood to seep through the incisions.
The patient has a temperature of 102°F or higher. It is not uncommon to have a low-grade fever after surgery. A fever higher than 102° may be a sign of infection and will usually manifest on the fifth or sixth postoperative day if there is an infection.
(Reviewed on 10/02/2013)