After Your Breast Reduction for Men

When recovering from your surgery it is important to be aware of the following:

  • You have received an anesthetic and may be mildly groggy and dizzy.
  • Take any prescribed pain medications and/or antibiotics as directed on the label. Do not take aspirin or aspirin-containing products.
  • Rest in bed for 24 hours.
    • Walk for 10 minutes every two hours.
    • You may get up to use the bathroom.
    • Elevate the upper body with pillows or sit in a recliner chair.
  • Drink lots of sports drinks (Gatorade, Powerade, etc.) for 24 hours to replace fluids and electrolytes.
    • Drink 8 oz. of fluid every 2 hours
  • Eat soft, bland, nutritious food for the first 24 hours.
  • No vigorous activity until approved by your doctor (approximately three weeks).
  • Watch for signs of internal bleeding such as severe swelling accompanied by very severe pain. If either of these symptoms occurs, please call your doctor immediately or go to the Emergency Room.

Call your doctor immediately or go to the emergency room if you develop any unusual symptoms, such as:

  • Shaking chills and/or fever over 101°F
  • Excessive bleeding (more than slight staining of bandage)
  • Excessive pain
  • Excessive swelling
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