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!