Can I lay on my back after top surgery?
Plan to sleep on your back with several pillows to elevate the head of your bed. This is to lessen the amount of swelling you experience, which may worsen in the first few days after surgery before getting better. Plan to sleep on your back for the first 6 weeks after surgery while your chest heals.
When can you lift your arms after top surgery?
For 4 weeks after surgery, you should not lift your arms greater than 90 degrees away from your body or over your head. You should also not push, pull, or lift anything greater than 5 pounds during these 4 weeks. This ensures your scar will heal well and not stretch and become larger.
How long does it take to fully heal from top surgery?
It may be 1-2 weeks before you’ll feel comfortable returning to work or school. Those with more strenuous jobs involving physical labor may require as long as 4-6 weeks. Pushing yourself before you’re ready can lead to setbacks in recovery.
How long after top surgery Can I sleep on my side?
Sleep on your back for the first 2 weeks of your recovery period. At this point you may sleep on your side. Avoid any heavy lifting or intense exercise that involves the upper body during this time. This can aggravate the chest.
How painful is top surgery?
You may feel some pain for the first couple of days—especially when you move around or cough—and some discomfort for a week or more. Your surgeon will prescribe medication to lessen the pain.
How bad is top surgery?
The possible risks of transmasculine top surgery include, but are not limited to, bleeding, infection, poor healing of incisions, hematoma, loss of nipple sensation, loss of the nipple and areola, and anesthesia risks.
Do you need physical therapy after top surgery?
If you are considering Gender Affirming Surgery (GAS), pelvic therapy is recommended both prior to (if possible) and following all top and bottom surgeries. Physical therapy is mandatory after many other surgical procedures in order to help patients maximize their recovery and reach full function.
How do you stay fit after top surgery?
You should resume light physical activities, like walking, as soon as possible. Light physical activity will promote healing. However, you should avoid any physical exertion (including sexual intimacy) that may cause you to sweat for at least three weeks. You should also avoid lifting anything heavier than 5 lbs.
How long does it take for nipples to heal after top surgery?
After about 3 weeks, they should be completely healed and you can stop the dressing changes. It’s common for the center of the nipple graft to take the longest to heal. The center of the nipple may look like a hole or crater.
What should you eat after top surgery?
Diet and Nutrition After Surgery
- Prunes in moderation, for fiber.
- Yogurt, baby food, apple sauce (good to take with your prescriptions to coat your stomach)
- Frozen dessert bars.
- Fresh fruit: pineapple, papaya (reduces swelling)
- Soups (low sodium to avoid swelling)
- Plenty of water and juices.
- Bread for toast.
Does anyone regret Top surgery?
Although this is not a well-researched area, studies that have asked the question have generally found that few to no patients regret having top surgery. Regret has also been reported as extremely low (in the vicinity of . 1 percent) for transgender individuals undergoing bottom surgery.