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Taking care of yourself before and after your surgery will help prevent complications. The instructions below provide basic care information. If you have any questions about the instructions, please contact our office at 316-263-2013.


  1. Do not eat or drink after midnight the night before the procedure.
  2. Discuss aspirin or anticoagulant medication (blood thinners) with your doctor. Management of these medications around the time of surgery is individualized based on the patient’s specific needs and circumstances.
  3. Do not take herbal products for 14 days before surgery.
  4. Shower the night before surgery with an anti-bacterial soap. Do not shave under the arms the night before surgery. (read more)


While you are still in the hospital or outpatient facility:

  1. Following your surgery, you will be encouraged to drink clear liquids after you are fully awake. Your diet will be advanced as tolerated.
  2. You will be given wound care instructions and also drain care instructions if applicable.
  3. A prescription for pain medication will be written for you. (read more)

Drain Care Instructions

The wound drain assists in healing by preventing fluid collection. The recommendations below will assist you in the management of your drain at home. If you had reconstruction, please contact your plastic surgeon for drain care instructions and removal. (read more)

Port-a-cath for Chemotherapy

Dr. Cusick, Dr. Beck, or your oncologist may recommend that you have a port or “port-a-cath”
inserted in your upper chest wall (the space between your collarbone and your breast) to make chemotherapy easier and more comfortable for you. This is a same-day procedure that is performed under conscious sedation or general anesthesia. When chemotherapy is over, the port can be removed in a same-day office procedure. (read more)

Range of Motion Exercises

As you recover from breast surgery, your doctor will tell you when it is safe to begin exercising. Your goal will be to regain normal range of motion and use of your arm. For your safety, use this handout only as directed by your doctor or physical therapist. (read more)