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Post Operative Instructions from Breast Cancer Surgeon Melbourne Sunil Jassal
  • Leave dressings intact unless directed by your surgeon or breast care nurse
  • Shower as normal and gently pat the wound dry
  • If your wound becomes increasingly painful, red and/or inflamed seek advice from Mr Jassal, our rooms nurse or hospital ward
  • Strict Paracetamol (Panadol/Panamax/etc.) 500mg, two tablets, three times daily for one to two weeks
  • Strict Ibuprofen (Neurofen/Rafen/etc.) 200mg, two tablets, three times daily for one to two weeks (alternate Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs may be recommended)
    • Nb Avoid if you suffer reflux or stomach ulcer symptoms; use with food and cease if you develop symptoms of reflux / indigestion
  • Oxycodone (Endone) 5mg,  Tramadol (Tramal) 50mg or Tapentadol (Palexia) 50mg may be prescribed in addition to the recommended paracetamol and/or ibuprofen for stronger pain: one to two tablets can be used sparingly to a maximum of four times daily

    • Nb These are narcotic drugs which may cause drowsiness and/or constipation – DO NOT DRIVE

  • Gentle shoulder mobility exercises will be demonstrated to you during or before your hospital admission
  • Return to normal activities gradually and take time to rest as often as you can; avoiding over tiredness is important to your recovery
  • Driving is not advised for at least one to two weeks, and especially not whilst on narcotic medications or if usual mobility is impaired
  • Ensure you take plenty of fluids and dietary fibre to avoid constipation
  • You will generally leave hospital with an appointment for follow up with Mr Jassal, or instruction to contact our rooms during business hours to make one
  • Usual follow up appointment is within one to two weeks
  • You can contact our rooms at any time (during business hours) for advice
  • Things to look out for:
    • Increasing pain
    • Increasing swelling or redness of the wound
    • Fever
  • For urgent after hours help, Mr Jassal can be contacted through your hospital switchboard or via mobile phone
  • If you are unable to contact Mr Jassal and require urgent assistance, please contact your local doctor or attend the nearest hospital Emergency Department – via ambulance as required
  • As per your surgeon / nurse.
The above information is a general guide only – any specific instructions for you may be discussed at time of surgery / discharge from hospital
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