ALERT CONTENT PLACEHOLDER

​​​​​​​​​​​Back at Home

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Go to the hospital nearest emergency room if:​

  • Your temperature goes higher than 38​℃ (100​​℉) and lasts longer than 24 hours.
  • You feel chills.
  • Bright red, hot and swollen incisions or skin.
  • White fluid or pus that smells bad.
How to take of myself at home​​​​​
  • You can shower 24 hours after the procedure. Your dressing is waterproof, but try not to get the dressing wet.
  • Gently pat it dry. Do not rub it.
  • Some oozing where you had the tattoo is normal. It will dry up on its own.
  • If the dressing starts to peel off, do not remove or change it. Secure it with tape. Apply gauze if it’s oozing.
  • How to change my dressing​​​​​
    • After the procedure, a nurse puts a dressing over the wound. You need to keep this dressing on for 7 days.
    • If the dressing smells bad, gets dirty or bloody, you may change it. Many people need to change their dressing halfway through the week.
    • You will be given dressing supplies when you go home. You can also buy dressing supplies at your local pharmacy or health supply store.
      • After 7 days, you can remove the dressing yourself.​
    • Let the scab fall off on its own. When it dries, do not peel it.
    Who do I call if I experience complications?​​​​​

    Go to your nearest emergency department if you see these signs of infection:

    • Your temperature goes higher than 38​℃ (100​​℉) and lasts longer than 24 hours.
    • If you feel chills.
    • Bright red, hot and swollen incisions or skin.
    • White fluid or pus that smells bad.
    Who do I call with general post-operative questions?

    The Nurse Coordinator is your first place to call for post-operative questions:

    ​Agnes Wisniewski, RN, BScN, MN
    Phone:​ 416 340 4800 ext. 5161

    You can also call your surgeon’s office​ for more information.

    If you have concerns regarding your breast reconstruction, please call your surgeon’s office or go to the emergency department at the hospital where you had your operation.​