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Please monitor the surgical sites for signs of infection (increasing redness, pain, fever). If you are concerned about the surgical site, please contact your surgeon's office or return to the emergency department at the hospital where you had the operation.

​​​​​​How can I expect to feel as I recover?

It takes time to heal and recover. Each person recovers at their own pace. How long it takes for you to recover depends on your age, health and attitude. Your family doctor can help you to manage any symptoms you may have.​

How can I take care of myself when I go home?

  • There are no dietary restrictions; you may eat what you can tolerate.
  • ​Avoid heavy lifting; do not lift anything more than 10 lbs.
  • ​Do not push heavy objects.
  • ​You will be given a prescription upon discharge from hospital; please take your medications as directed.
  • DO NOT drive when you are still taking pain medications.
  • You may start driving once you are able to check your blind spot safely and you must feel comfortable to make a sudden jerky movement in case of an emergency.
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°C (100°F) and lasts longer than 24 hours.
  • If you feel chills.
  • Bright red, hot and swollen incisions and skin.
  • ​White fluid or pus 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: 416 340 4800 ext. 5161

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

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Download a printable version of the post-operative booklet:
Going Home after DIEP Surgery ​​​
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