Friday, September 14, 2012

DIEP Flap Log - Entry #3

Got my post-op instructions from my plastic surgeon today.  This should be interesting!


  • Avoid strenous activity, exercising, & lifting heavy objects greater than 10 pounds (keep heart rate less than 100 beats per minute) for up to 8 weeks after surgery.
  • A light diet of liquids, soups, & jello the first 24 hours. 
  •  Take pain medication with crackers or jello.
  •  You will walk bent over (flexed) & rise slowly over the first 2 weeks. (This may cause abdominal & back cramping.)
  • Follow a balanced diet which needs to include 40 to 50 grams of protein a day.  (How am I going to do that as a vegetarian????)
  • Start walking as soon as possible, this helps to reduce swelling & lowers the chance of blood clots.  Walk in a flexed position for the first 2 weeks. 
  • No driving for 3-4 weeks.  You may resume driving when abdominal area will allow for sudden braking.  But I can ride in the car with someone else driving - *hint*! I'll have to get out of this house!
  • Wear surgical or sports bra for 6 weeks until all incisions heal.  Do not wear a regular bra until this time.