5 Reasons to Call Your Nurse

By: Courtney Floyd


When should you call your nurse after breast reconstruction surgery? 

Depending on the type of breast reconstruction surgery you have, you will typically be in the hospital for up to four days. During this time, you will be monitored by our wonderful nurses and staff. But what about when you are at home? At PRMA we want our patients to know they can give us a call or shoot us an email at any time with any question! However, there are a few things we want to make sure you to call us about immediately if they occur.

1) Severe pain that is not responding to medication

We want to know that you are comfortable and your pain medication is working. If you are experiencing severe pain that is not responding to your medication, we want to know. This could be a sign that something else is going on that needs our attention immediately.

2) A change in skin color on or around the reconstructed breast

Severe bruising or bluish discoloration needs to be addressed right away—especially if it has developed since your return home from the hospital.

3) Severe swelling

Some swelling is normal after surgery. However, if you begin to experience severe swelling in the breast or other part of the body we need to know.

4) Redness or drainage from the incision sites

Redness or drainage could be a sign of infection and will need to be addressed as soon as possible.

5) Temperature over 101.5

A slight temperature after surgery is completely normal as your body is working hard to heal. If your fever ever reaches 101.5 or higher please give us a call so we can provide you directions and monitor the fever.

Again, we want all of our patients to feel comfortable calling or emailing us any time they have a question. We especially want them to contact us as soon as possible if any of the above occur.

Your nurse can always be reach by calling our main office at 800-692-5565!

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  • PRMA

    I can’t say enough about the nurses at PRMA. I live in Austin and after my surgery, I was able to email or text my nurse with any questions or concerns. I had some issues with my incision so I would send her a picture and she would tell me what to do. Having that connection, and being able to hear her calm voice eased my fears and worries. Not once did I feel I was bothering her. I was never felt like I was just a patient. Thank you PRMA for taking great care of me and every woman that walks through your door.

  • PRMA

    Thank you so much Patty for sharing! We are so glad you are doing well!

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