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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 your operation was performed.​​


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

  • There are no dietary restrictions; you may eat what you can tolerate.
  • If you have a clear dressing on your surgical site, you will be asked to leave this on until your follow-up appointment.
  • ​If you have a fabric type of dressing, this can be removed 48 hours after your operation. Leave the Steri-Strips (paper tapes) along your incision until your follow-up appointment.
  • ​​​Avoid heavy lifting of more than 10 pounds (this includes pushing heavy objects).
  • ​You will be given a prescription upon discharge from hospital; please take your medications as directed.
  • ​If you were given a prescription for antibiotics, please take them until your drains have been removed.
  • 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 or 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
Phone: 416 340 4800 ext. 5161

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

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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.​