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Tips & Tricks

A Recliner Chair or Sofa

Sleeping can be difficult post-op. I found it much easier to sleep upright in a recliner.

I found it much easier to sleep upright therefore, a recliner is a great option.  Also, Contour Livings sells a Foam Wedge System that is a good option as well. Another highly recommended option is theLiftMeUp chair. 

Pre-make Meals

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You may want to have some prepared meals made and frozen so that you can take time to rest and not have to worry about meals.

Exercise

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If you have time to get in shape before your surgery this will definitely  help decrease your healing process. There are also many safe exercise options post-op that could provide amazing benefits!

During Hospital Stay

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After Mastectomy  my doctor advised me to stretch and reach my arms above my head as much as possible right after surgery while I was in the hospital.  I found this extremely helpful and I was back to myself very quickly. Physical Therapy is also an option that is available after many surgeries.

Arnica

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Arnica has been known to help reduce bruising and help with pain reduction.  Always ask your doctor before using anything other than what has been prescribed for you.  It is available in tinctures as well as creams and gels to apply topically.

Surgical drains

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It is important to educate yourself on proper drain care! You can help prevent infection and speed up the healing process!