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Hi ladies

I am one of those "like to be organised" for every situation people and am getting my post BA supplies together.

So far I have the following on my list , please feel free to add anything you needed or used that made recovery that little bit easier, hopefully this will help us all up and comers recover as comfortably as possible.

- neck pillow and banana/body pillow

- rosehip oil /bio oil

- micropore tape

- antibiotics, pain killers

- natural yoghurt to take antibiotics with

- thrush medication I case I have reaction to ab's

- ice packs for boobs, heat packs for back

- taking arnica spray three times a day two weeks before and postop

- pear juice, all bran etc for constipation

- bendy straws for water

- electric toothbrush

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Omg I feel so unorganised. I haven't got any of this stuff! What the heck is arnica spray and micropore tape?! Should I be rushing to the chemist now lol? I have bought some probiotics to take though, as well as some panadol and a few crop tops, and two bags of frozen peas (to use as ice packs). Thanks for starting this thread, I may have to get more organised!

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LOL im a virgo and compulsive organiser with big events like this was crazy when i had by kids. Arnica is a natural remedy comes in oral spray, cream and tablets and is for treatment or reduction of bruising, my PS had be buy the oral spray from the chemsit and had instructed me to take 2 sprays three times daily for 2 weeks leading up to the surgery and to continue post op for a week ish. I spoke to one of his former patients and she said she had no bruising at all so planning on sticking to it. Micropore tape is a tape to put over your incision site, not sure of exactly when i think around day 4-5 will have to check with my surgoen it keeps the incision not only protected but flat and supposed to help with the healing of scars. i was going to get some SCARFX healing strips $39-95 pack but the lady at the chemist said micropore and regular application of rosehip would be sufficient once tols by my PS it was okay to start applying.

My PS also has got me to buy BACTROBAN ointment but has not yet told me how to use this so will find out PO.

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Laxatives, the all bran and pear juice might take a little longer. I took 1 laxative every night with my meds and that worked for me.

The banana pillow is a must, i dont no what i would have done without mine. Bio oil also fantastic for the skin stretching and to provide some lubrication for massage.

I took dry shampoo with me but was able to lift my arms above my head from straight after surgery so i washed my own hair day 2, could be helpful to have on hand

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Omg I feel so unorganised. I haven't got any of this stuff! What the heck is arnica spray and micropore tape?! Should I be rushing to the chemist now lol? I have bought some probiotics to take though, as well as some panadol and a few crop tops, and two bags of frozen peas (to use as ice packs). Thanks for starting this thread, I may have to get more organised!

U should rush to the chemist now as Montana Arnica can reduce bruising & swelling, the micropoe tape is to protect your scar from moist or water like when you go for shower.

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This is not a shopping list for PO but it's very detailed on thing you should do after your surgery.

Post Operative Checklist

1.Have your significant other, parent or good friend there to take care of you for the first 48 to 72 hours. It is very important to have someone to wake you for medications, help you to the bathroom, prepare food for you and make sure that you eat it, and to be there in the event of an unforeseen emergency.

2.Take your pain medications. There is simply no reason to suffer. Studies have proven that patients who are in pain and have a lot of stress can expect to significantly increase their healing time. Take care of yourself.

3.Take your antibiotics on time; you do not want an infection. Finish your entire course and do not skip pills.

4.Be sure to follow your surgeon's advice on icing and be sure to change out the cold packs often. Keeping the area cold can really help diminish the swelling and discomfort, especially in the first 48 hours. Do not place ice or a cold compress directly on skin. If your surgeon says no icing — no icing. Abide by your surgeon's rules.

5.Try to eat something, even if it consists of a few bites. You need your energy, because your body is working overtime to heal itself. Taking medications on an empty stomach can cause nausea and dizziness.

6.It is very important to drink plenty of water. Your body needs water to help flush out the residual anesthesia and pain meds, especially after you stop taking them. Plus, your body will retain more fluid if you don't drink enough water, resulting in more bloat and increased swelling. Also, your medications can cause constipation, and being dehydrated can only make things worse.

7.Remember that swelling is normal, as is bloating. If you accept it and continue to drink water and eat a balanced diet, all will subside in its own time with a lot less stress.

8.Some patients recommend Daikon (a root vegetable) to help with constipation that is brought on by pain medications. It also helps flush out the system. Daikon may be best after you are finished with your medications. Mild stool softeners like Colace are really effective, but please ask your surgeon first.

9.Sleep with your chest elevated for at least 10 days.

10.Have pillows alongside of you as well as in back of you to support your arms and assist you in trying to roll over on your stomach or sides. You may wish to add a small pillow at the lower back for sleeping.

11.Take your temperature regularly. An elevated temperature could mean an infection.

12.Take your antibiotics ON TIME. Don't forget if you are taking birth control pills that some antibiotics can interfere, so in the event that you do have sex, use another form of protection as well.

13.When you get tired, sleep. Sleeping gives your body more time and energy to direct towards healing.

14.Get up and walk around when you are able, but don't overdo it. Too much too soon spells disaster.

15.If you were fortunate enough to have quit smoking, please do not start again. Smoking narrows blood vessels and decreases the amount of hemoglobin to the wound. This can result in wound closure problems and necrosis (death) of skin cells and tissue.

16.Keep moist towelettes or baby wipes near the bed. These are great for freshening up without much effort.

17.Keep the ringer on your phone turned off in your room. A constantly ringing phone will keep you from getting much-needed rest.

18.Have a whistle, walkie-talkie or intercom system on hand so that you can alert your caregiver if you need them for any reason.

19.Ask your surgeon about silicone gel sheeting, Steri-Strips from 3M, Mederma scar gel or whatever else your surgeon may recommend for helping scars.

20.Remember to take your after photos or day-by-day photos if you are keeping track. Have your caretaker take several photos during your recovery. You may not remember having them taken or may even get aggravated with a camera in your face when you don't feel well, but you will appreciate it later if you are keeping close documentation.

21.Remember to write in your journal daily because you will forget later due to the amnesiac properties of the anesthesia. Use a miniature tape recorder to keep track of your experience, if you prefer.

22.No walking around without a support garment unless your surgeon specifically told you not to wear one. Your breasts will need support during this time for several reasons: breast shape, scar stretching, pain and trauma to the healing breasts.

23.If you have online friends, have someone post or email them after your surgery or they are going to worry about you.

24.Make sure you don't take any products that contain aspirin — and don't drink any alcohol — for at least two to three weeks after surgery.

25.Have your friends stop by when you are feeling better. Get some fresh air if you can; it will do you good. Just don't overdo it.

26.Remember, you will have scars and they will look worse before they look better. Please don't be depressed because of the scars. Your breasts will continue to change over the next few weeks and months, and the scars will be less visible. The scars are at their reddest in the first three to four months. Depression and stressing out over every little thing is NOT good for proper recovery.

27.You shouldn't ride any roller coasters or other types of amusement park rides. If G forces can cause aortal tears, they can cause internal tearing and bleeding in freshly healing tissues. Also refrain from horseback riding and contact sports for several weeks. Be sure to ask your surgeon when you can continue these activities.

28.If you have topical arnica montana gels, take care not to get the product on your incisions. Arnica montana can irritate your wounds and cause inflammation.

29.Many surgeons recommend that you continue taking vitamin C during your recovery. Ask your surgeon if he or she approves.

30.No lifting objects over 5 to 7 pounds. This includes children and pets.

31.No bending over. Bending over increases pressure on your wounds and may cause hemorrhaging. Squat down, if you must, but do be careful. This is why it is important to place things at hip level beforehand or have a caretaker.

32.If you suspect you may need to pick things up, perhaps buy a "reacher" marketed for this very purpose.

33.No raising your arms way over your head. Ask your surgeon when it is safe to do so.

34.One of our visitors suggests tying a long string to the ceiling fan light/fan cords.

35.Be careful with your significant other and children, and tell them to be careful. Being hit in the breast after surgery can cause bleeding, suture popping and pain.

36.Sleeping upright can cause back cramping. Try hot water bottles or heating pads to alleviate this, but remove them when you sleep as they can cause burns. Also, keep heat away from your breasts unless otherwise instructed.

37.Watch for suspicious swelling and discolorations that could be a hematoma. Learn the difference between a hematoma and a bruise.

38.Make a chart of when to take your meds or use the med chart we have provided. Some are taken 1 every four hours, some are taken four a day. Don't confuse the instructions. A pill case will help you keep your medications in order.

39.Place a waterproof, non-slip stool or plastic chair in the shower when you are finally allowed to shower.

40.After you shower, place a towel on the closed toilet seat and sit down to dry yourself. If you are dizzy from your pain medications, you may fall and hurt yourself.

41.If you are expecting your period and it does not come, do not worry. The medications, trauma and anesthesia will probably disrupt your cycle. This goes for it coming at an inopportune time as well, such as surgery day. Just have your feminine supplies on hand and expect it when you least expect it, or not at all.

42.You are probably going to be depressed a few days after your surgery or at some point during your recovery. This is very normal. Just warn your loved ones beforehand and keep your chin up. Your body has been put through a trauma, albeit a planned trauma, and will make you pay for it in its own subtle ways. Depression may rear its ugly head with crying sessions, feelings of unattractiveness, self doubt, regret and general sadness. This, too, will pass.

43.Do not be afraid to contact your surgeon if you feel there is something wrong. Surgeons are accustomed to talking with patients who have questions or just need reassurance.

44.Go to your postoperative appointments. These are important so that your surgeon can gauge your progress and assess any further needs you may have to improve your results or experience. It's also when you can share your thoughts, express concerns or ask advice.

45.Most importantly, relax. Don't stress. Being stress-free is very important for your recovery.

from http://www.breastimplants4you.com/postoplist_print.htm

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Hi BellaM,

Are those items in your list as well, as it may helps with a better healing process too.

Bromelain is an enzyme that is extracted from the stems and other parts of pineapples. It may reduces pain, swelling, inflammation and platelet aggregation.

Cascara Sagrada, it has long been valued for its mild, fast-acting laxative properties. The portion of the plant used is the bark.

Zinc- Sesame seed is rich in zinc, it helps to boost your immune system which will help your recovering.

Magnesium- Helps in healing especially with cut like your incision.

Not sure how to call it, I think it is TED stocking- helps to prevent blood clogging.

Drink a lot of water , I think it is better to have a Lymphatic drainage treatment too to prevent Lymphedema, it is is a build-up of fluid in soft body tissues that occurs when the lymphatic system is damaged or blocked. The lymphatic system collects viruses, bacteria and other waste products from throughout the body and delivers them to the lymph nodes, which flush waste out from the body, usually in one or both arms or legs.

Valerian Root, it's an natural sleeping pill!

Good Luck with your BA surgery!!!!!!

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What did you ladies do for sleeping? I get really frustrated when I wake up in the middle of the night and always have trouble falling asleep again! I usually take Mersyndol when I need to knock myself out but will that interfere with my other meds/healing?

Is Mersyndol a type of sleeping pill? I usually take Valerian Root is I am to hyper to go to sleep, after being diagnosed with a type of auto-immune disease, I kind of avoid to take any drug and more prefer in herbs.

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I just hate waiting and I found I was clock watching. I went on my own so I was bored. If you're going with someone you should be okay if you've got someone to talk to!

I will prefer a magazine than talking to somebody...hahaha!!! I can be over bearing when I start to talk especially when I am nervous!! LOL!!

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I took a bit of valium (about half the amount an adult usually takes) which just helped me sleep and didn't get the 'hangover' I sometimes get when I take a sleeping pill.

For a gentler alternative I find Blackmores executive sleep herbal tablets work well (but I didn't start these again until about 3 weeks post op and not sure if ok straight after op) or 'rescue remedy' for night.

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