Post Care Instructions


  • Post-op appointment is 7-10 days after surgery.
  • Wear a binder on your chest for 24 hours a day for 2 weeks after surgery.
  • Do NOT shower for 1 week after surgery.
  • Empty and record drain output every 24 hours on provided form.
  • No swimming, hot tubs or baths until cleared by your surgeon.
  • No strenuous activity, or lifting anything heavier than 15 pounds, until cleared by your surgeon.
  • Walking is encouraged.

The following are normal findings following an incision or biopsy:

  • Redness, puffiness, or discomfort localized to the site.
  • Drainage – clear, red, or yellowish – up to a week after procedure.

Notify our office if the following symptoms occur:

  • Fever greater than 101.4.
  • Redness that extends beyond the surgical site.
  • Thick, foul smelling drainage.