Implant Reconstruction Recovery

When you leave the operating room, you will be transported to the recovery room. You will be awake. You will spend a few hours in the recovery room. Here you will begin drinking and eating. Special stockings connected to a pneumatic pump will be placed on your legs so that you don't get a blood clot. These will be removed when you begin to walk. Once you are more aware, you will be transported to a floor specializing in breast reconstruction.

In the operating room, long acting nerve blocks will be performed. This will eliminate the need for pain pumps and narcotic medications. Nonetheless, if you still experience some pain and discomfort, pain medications will be given for you to take by mouth.

Your IV will be removed once you are able to drink enough fluids. Caffeinated beverages, such as soda and coffee, are allowed but hydration with water is encouraged. Most women may also experience constipation due to the pain medication, anesthesia, and limited activity. Once your return to your regular daily diet and activity level, this problem should resolve. Adequate hydration and a high fiber diet will help with constipation.

Patients will typically be discharged from the hospital and go home on the first or second day following surgery. While you are getting ready to go home, detailed discharge instructions will be provided.

Implant Reconstruction Post-Op

In an effort to make you more comfortable with discharge home and to answer any questions you may have, Dr. Tanna has prepared an instructional sheet for you. However, you may call the office at 516-531-2111 at any time with additional questions or concerns.


Sleep on your back for the first two weeks after surgery.


  • You may take a shower 48 hours after the surgery date. After the shower, pat dry the surgical site. Alternatively, you can allow it to air dry.
  • Do not take a bath or submerge yourself in water.
  • You will have special adhesive glue or white paper strips (steri strips) over the incisions. Do not remove these.

Call the Office:

Do not hesitate to call the office with any concerns or questions. A doctor is available to answer your questions 24 hours a day. Please notify us immediately at 516-531-2111 if:

  • You have increased swelling, pain, or color change in the breast.
  • One breast becomes suddenly significantly larger than the other breast.
  • You have a sudden increase in swelling of the abdomen.
  • You have redness develop around the incisions.
  • You have a fever greater than 101 F.
  • You develop sudden increase in pain.
  • You develop drainage, spreading redness or foul odor
  • You have any questions.

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