GENERAL POST-OPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS FOR EXPLANT SURGERY
- No driving for 1 month after surgery
- No sexual activity for 1 month after surgery
- No exercise for 1 month after surgery (yoga, pilates, running)
- No high-impact exercise for 3 months after surgery
- Avoid lifting of objects heavier than 4lbs for 1 month
- No bending with shoulders down for the first 15 days after surgery
- No tanning for 3 months after surgery
- No hiking or touring while recovering here in Costa Rica (this includes but is not limited to beaches, mountains, volcano’s or downtown markets in San Jose after your surgery, this will increase your risks for infection.
**When you get an explant procedure it is important to know that when your implants are removed you have an open pocket that needs to close. Until this pocket is closed you are at more risk for a seroma or hematoma. This is why it is extremely important to follow your post-op directions and limit your activity. Too much activity to include but not limited to moving your arms too much and walking too much greatly increase your risk of a hematoma and/or seroma.
- No alcohol for 4 weeks after surgery
- Drink plenty of liquids to keep yourself well hydrated
- Eat a healthy diet with high protein content
- Your stiches are dissolvable /removable. If removable take them out in 12 days (this may change according to your wound healing)
- You may begin to apply scar cream 1 month after surgery
- Do not raise your hands above your head for 2 weeks after surgery. This could injure your muscles or compromise the incisions
- Do not emerge your body into water (pools, hot tubs, bath tubs, lakes etc) until 1 month after surgery to make sure the wound is completely healed
- You may remove the surgical tape 3 weeks after the procedure if you want to keep it longer you can, but it might produce allergies. Use a blow dryer or gently pat dry after taking a shower until tape is dry. A wet tape can increase the risk of infections.
- You cannot be near pets for 1 month after surgery (pets have bacteria and microorganisms that may cause an infection).
- Incision sites should be protected from the sun to avoid scarring and hyper-pigmentation
- Do not smoke (or inhale second hand smoke) for 3 months after surgery, as smoking delays healing and increases the risk of complications in up to 30%
- Do not apply ice or heat to breasts for 1 month after surgery
- Remember your hands can carry bacteria. It is very important to keep your hands clean at all times and do not touch your surgical wounds unless your hands are very clean. The use of hand disinfectants is strongly recommended
- Wear your compression bra and body for 1 month after surgery
- The compression garment must be worn AT ALL TIMES for at least 1 month after surgery, day and night 24/7. (with the exception of taking a shower)
- Please take all medication carefully and as directed, not taking the medications indicated might put your health at serious risk.
- No Vitamin E and non prescribed anti-inflammatory products by Dr. Urzola for two weeks following surgery. All other medications and supplements need to be discussed with Dr Urzola
- If drains were placed, empty drains as they become full
- Record drain output
- Keep your insertion site and the area around it clean and dry
*There is more detailed information on the website
- Do not massage your breast if you received the U-Flap procedure
- Massage to the surgical sites will help increase circulation and alleviate the hardness felt underneath the skin. Massage on surgical sites may begin 1 month after surgery if you did not have the U-Flap
When should I call Dr. Urzola’s office?
- If you have increased swelling or bruising
- If swelling and redness persist after a few days
- If you have increased redness along the incision or it looks open
- If you have severe or increased pain not relieved by medication
- If you have an oral temperature over 100.4 degrees (It is not uncommon to have a few tenths of a fever for a day or two)
- If you have any yellowish or greenish drainage from the incisions or notice a foul odor
- If you have nausea, vomiting, rash, or shortness of breath
- If one of your legs is swollen or painful
Please do not hesitate to call Dr. Urzola’s office at any time if you have questions or concerns. We want to facilitate your healing process, and we are here to help.
You may contact Dr. Victor Urzola at
Or visit our website for more information www.explantcostarica.com