In preparation for breast augmentation, there are certain requests we make of patients:
- Avoid using medications containing aspirin or any anti inflammatory agents. Aspirin reduces the ability of your blood to clot and could increase your tendency to bleed during recovery
- Advise of any medication you are taking
- Inform Dr Chan of any surgery you have had (including any breast biopsies)
- Advise of any family history of breast cancer and results of past mammograms
- Note on your acquaintance form any medical problems you have had or allergies that you suffer from
- Please mention any allergies that you have to dressing tapes, drugs or medications
- Organise to eat a substantial meal and get a good nights sleep the night before surgery
- Drink plenty of fluids during the 24 hours before surgery
- If you take anxiety medications, please check with our office for approval to take these medications leading up to your surgery date, including the night before surgery
- If you live more than 1 hour away from Sydney CBD, make arrangements for alternate accommodation that is within 1 hour of Sydney CBD for at least the first 24 hours after surgery
Your support person is someone you choose, normally a close friend or family member. This person will play an important part in your postoperative care.
- They will be responsible for picking you up from the surgery on the day of your operation
- They need to make themselves available to you for at least 24 hours after surgery
- Prior to surgery, your support person will have received a form detailing their responsibilities and contact details for Dr Chan, that they would have signed and returned to us
- After your surgery, they will be given the prescription for the medication you are to take for the first couple of days. Your support person will also be given instructions on when, and how often, the medication needs to be taken
- We suggest notifying a secondary support person to be on standby in case your support person becomes unavailable for any reason
You may find that you feel fragile or even a little emotional after your surgery. This is perfectly normal. It is in situations like this, we find our patients take comfort in the presence of a familiar and supportive person.
If you would prefer to keep the details of your surgery private, we recommend you choose someone discrete to fulfil the role of your support person. We require you to provide us with full contact details for the person you choose.
Home Nursing Care
If you feel you cannot find a suitable support person, or you are travelling from a distance/interstate to see Dr Chan for surgery, then please ask our admin staff to provide you details for home nursing carers. These nurses are able to pick you up from the hospital, pick up your medications, take you to your accommodation and care for you for the first 24 hours after surgery, including management of your meals and medications.