Comfort before and after surgery
If you are about to undergo, or have undergone, breast surgery you may be feeling a certain loss of control. Taking charge of the things that you can control is one way to minimize uncertainty.
Anticipate and plan ahead for your needs, and you will feel one step closer to a full recovery.
First, consider contacting a local breast cancer organization and ask to be put in touch with someone who has been through the same procedure. Although every experience is unique, talking to someone may help you know what to expect.
Some things you should ask your physician before your surgery:
- What type of procedure am I having?
- How long is my hospital stay?
- How long will I be in surgery?
- Where will my incisions be and how long are they?
- When will we get the results from pathology?
- What are the possible side effects to my surgery and treatment?
- Will I have a surgical drain?
- How much will my upper body mobility be affected by the procedure and for how long?
- Are there medications or dietary supplements that I should stop taking prior to my surgery?
- Do I need to bring a post-surgical garment or drain containment device to wear home from the hospital or will one be provided?
- Do you have a list of local retail stores that can provide me with post-breast surgery products?
You will also need to coordinate with friends and family to help with a few things such as arranging for transportation home from the hospital, since your physician will not want you to drive.
Amoena offers a line of post-surgical garments that have been designed with many comfort features for those first days after surgery when mobility is limited. You will find Amoena garments are easy to put on and take off and gentle to your skin while it heals.
Coping with the disease
Every woman reacts differently to a diagnosis of breast cancer. There’s simply no universal remedy for coping with the disease. It‘s personal. We have been working with women who have had breast surgery for many years, and perhaps we can offer you some advice to help you adjust.
Talking about it helps
Talking about the problems, the details, and the fears is almost always helpful. Your partner, a close friend, or someone who has had breast surgery can play a vital role as an understanding listener. What’s most important is that you are genuinely ready to open up and communicate the confused, and often contradictory, feelings you are experiencing.
Sometimes, the people you know best are not necessarily the right listeners. It may be better to talk things through with someone who is not directly involved.
Relationship, family and friends
It’s important to be open and honest with those close to you. Your partner is concerned and probably has many questions. Your children, even if they’re still young, will also notice the changes taking place. If you avoid talking about the situation, you open the door to fears and anxieties. Try to share your feelings. A heart-to-heart talk with those who are closest to you can help everyone involved move forward with hope.
A few more words of advice for coping with cancer:
- Turn to people you can rely on
- Focus on the things you enjoy doing
- Wear cheerful colors and spend some time shopping in your favorite boutiques
- Become more aware of the simple pleasures of life
- Choose attractive lingerie
- Be open to tenderness and warmth