No matter what kind of advice you get, mastectomy surgery is a very personal experience and is different for everyone. However, there are some important things to know that may help you navigate the process.
In honor of National Breast Cancer Month, here are a few facts and tips that may help you feel a little more prepared when faced with the important and often difficult decision of having mastectomy surgery.
1. Grief is Normal
Much like any loss, research says shock, anger and grief after mastectomy surgery is common for many women.
2. Get Informed About Reconstruction Options
Once you’ve made the decision to have mastectomy surgery, your doctor may ask you to consider reconstruction options which can be performed immediately after the mastectomy or in the months and years following the surgery.
3. Getting Up Will Be Difficult
After surgery, you will find it very difficult to lift your upper body in order to get out of bed, and may need someone to help lift you up the first few times.
4. Simplify Hygiene After Mastectomy Surgery
Generally, no showering is allowed for the first week or two after mastectomy surgery so keeping packaged cleansing wipes by your bed will come in handy.
5. Grab the Pillows
Having extra pillows on hand to support your arms or legs can help make you more comfortable during your mastectomy recovery.
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