How long does pain last after top surgery?
It’s encouraged that pain medication is used when needed, but patients typically find that pain during recovery is very minimal and subsides after a couple of days. Apart from some pain, patients will experience slight discomfort from the swelling and bruising of the chest, but this can be managed with ice packs.
How long does nerve pain last after top surgery?
Post-Mastectomy Pain Syndrome
This can last for up to 6 months or more, but in our experience it usually dissipates or disappears approximately 3-6 weeks after surgery.
What helps pain after top surgery?
Apply An Ice Pack Or Cold Compress. Cold therapy through ice packs and cold compresses can alleviate pain, bruising, and swelling in the first 24 to 48 hours post-surgery. Do not apply frozen packs or ice directly onto the skin. Be sure to wrap it in a piece of cloth to avoid hurting the skin.
How long does it take to fully recover 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 does it take to recover from top surgery FTM?
Recovery time for top surgery varies from person to person. People who get FTM or FTN top surgery generally return to work or school about two weeks after surgery. Those who get MTF or MTN top surgery can typically get back to work or school after one week.
When can I sleep on my side after top surgery?
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.
What is double incision top surgery?
The Double Incision Top Surgery procedure is the most widely-used technique and is ideal for those who are medium to large chested. During this procedure, the skin on the chest is opened along two horizontal incisions, at the top and bottom of the pectoral muscle. (The muscle itself is not touched.)
How long do you have to wear a binder after top surgery?
In general, a compression binder is worn for 3-6 weeks post-op. Follow your surgeon’s recommendations regarding post-operative compression.
How long does it take for nerves to heal after breast surgery?
Most nerve damage will recover spontaneously (without treatment) within six months to a year. 2 In some cases, it can take two to three years for complete recovery. As nerve function returns, you may experience itching, shooting pains, or electrical shock sensations.
How do you feel right after top surgery?
After surgery, there will be some bruising, swelling, and discomfort as there is with all types of surgery. Your chest will be bandaged and covered in a compression vest for support and to reduce inflammation. You should have filled antibiotic and pain meds before the procedure. Take them as prescribed during recovery.
How long do you have to wear compression vest after top surgery?
Wear your chest compression vest 24/7 for 6 weeks post op. What should my activity level be? Start walking as soon as possible, this helps to reduce swelling and lowers the chance of blood clots. Do not drive until you are no longer taking any pain medications (narcotics).