Preparing for Gynecomastia Surgery
You’ve chosen your gynecomastia surgeon and scheduled the procedure. Now that you’ve made the important decisions, you’re excited and perhaps a little apprehensive about your upcoming male breast reduction surgery. How can you best use these next few days or weeks?
We suggest it’s time to prepare for gynecomastia surgery. Use the time before your procedure to attend to the tasks that will help you feel comfortable on the day of surgery and afterward.
Medication and More
One important thing to do is make sure you comply with your doctor’s instructions regarding medication. There may be prescriptions to fill prior to surgery, and your plastic surgeon may have you temporarily stop taking some of your usual meds. If you smoke, your doctor will have asked you to quit or at least suspend the habit well before surgery. Take this input seriously as smoking can inhibit tissue repair and recovery after.
We use twilight anesthesia for our New York gynecomastia surgeries – IV sedation administered by a very experienced MD anesthesiologist. The “quick asleep/quick awake” effect usually means no nausea, but we prescribe anti-nausea meds just in case. Your plastic surgeon will probably do this too, especially if he or she plans to use general anesthesia. Fill the prescription, even if you think you won’t need it. It’s not fun to find out you did need anti-nausea medication later on!
It’s likely your plastic surgeon will have asked you to purchase a compression garment to wear after surgery. Our patients buy a snug compression shirt (Under Armour is one brand) which we put on after surgery. Take care of this before the last minute, and while you’re at it, you may want to take a look at whether you have the clothing you’ll need to be most comfortable during recovery.
You’ll want a loose fitting outfit with a top that closes at the front for your day of surgery – sweat pants and a hoodie work well. As you return to your activities a few days later, you’ll need shirts with a little room to accommodate your compression garment. You don’t need to buy clothing a size larger as long as you have a few looser fitting tops.
Supplies for Your Home
Stock up on easy to prepare food for your first few days at home. Don’t forget fluids – we suggest our New York gynecomastia patients have Gatorade or a similar beverage on hand for 24-48 hours after surgery. A balanced diet including plenty of fluids will help you recover quickly.
Resting will also be important for a few days, so gather magazines, books, music and movies – whatever will encourage you to take it easy. Think ahead about any lifting you do in your daily life, such as caring for children or pets – and ask a friend to help. If you enjoy lifting weights, remember you won’t be able to do this for a while. Of course, light walking is a good alternative choice as well.
Last but not least, consider tidying up your home before you leave for your procedure. Even if you don’t think of yourself as a “neat freak,” you might be surprised what a difference a sparkling bathroom, tidy countertops and clean sheets and towels can make after surgery. Prepare your place to welcome you home!