Post Operative Instructions

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Some level of pain is expected, however, excessive pain is not

Post operative pain is usually well controlled with simple pain killers such as Paracetamol (Panadol, Herron, panamax etc), Non steroidal (Naproxen, Brufen, Voltaren etc)

Some medication containing codeine may make you constipated

Diet as usual


You may resume your activity gently as soon as possible. There is usually no restriction of activity after breast surgery

Wound Care

A waterproof dressing is usually used in covering the wound

If there is minor swelling with minor discomfort, it is normal. However, sometimes fluid can be collected under breast wound – especially mastectomy or surgery under the arm. This may need to be drained in doctor’s office during your post-operative visit

If a drain is used, it may be left in for 1-4 days

Call Your Doctor If:

Excessive oozing, swelling, redness or pain +/- fever, or any concern

Call the doctor’s room – (03)9793 9043 Mon – Fri 8.30am to 5pm to arrange a review

After hours – please contact the hospital – private or public – to get in touch with the doctor. If not available, please go to the nearest emergency department and try to contact the doctor again while in emergency department


The appointments are for 7-10 days following your surgery. If you have any problems in the interim, please do not hesitate to call


As a rule of this practice, the results are not disclosed over the phone by the room staffs. It should be conveyed by the doctor, usually during your post operative visit to ensure correct results are discussed