Useful instructions for our patients - female breast reduction

Although this operation is preformed regularly in our clinic, the professionalism of our surgical team headed by Dr Toncic makes us pay special attention to the preoperative preparation of our patient.

PRIOR TO THE OPERATION – PATIENT’S PREPARATION

  • Prior to the breast reduction operation, the patient goes through a routine preoperative analysis, which comprises the internal specialist examination with ECG and a blood test analysis.
  • We have a special arrangement with our foreign patients. Prior to the operation and preoperative examination, we hold consultation through emails, photos and by phone. This way, our surgeons get a deeper insight into the individual case, according to which they can estimate whether the patient is a suitable candidate for the desired operation. This procedure allows our patient to come to Zagreb for the operation one time only. When our patient arrives, we hold final preoperative consultation and medical examination (including blood test and internal specialist examination with ECG), where we discuss the details of the operation together with the patient. After the consultation, we perform the surgery.
  • Before the operation, in our correspondence and detailed conversation, we instruct our patients to stop using painkillers and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, containing acetylsalicylic acid like Aspirin, Andol or Acisal, in case they usually take these. This is very important factor in patient’s preparation for the surgery, as this way we prevent possible bleeding and haematoma during and after the procedure. Following this instruction makes the recovery quicker and more successful, and the result of the operation is improved.

ANESTHESIA AND THE PROCEDURE

  • This operation is done under general anesthetic given by a top anesthesiologist. The patient is asleep during the operation and the whole procedure is painless.
  • The patient stays in the clinic for 24 hours. It takes about an hour for preoperative preparations, around three hours for the operation itself after which the patient rests. Once discharged from the surgery the patient is sent to home care.

POSTOPERATIVE PERIOD AND RECOVERY

  • Postoperative recovery after breast reduction is individual, usually lasting between 10 to 14 days after the operation. The stitches are removed ten days after the surgery, and our patient can resume her personal and professional activities, having in mind, though, to avoid harder physical activities for 30 days after the operation.
  • In order to have the least noticeable scar possible, it would be best to avoid exposure to sun in the period of six months up to a year after the operation.
  • Very important factor in the postoperative recovery after breast reduction surgery is for smokers to stop smoking at least a week before the operation and two weeks after the operation. We insist our patients follow this instruction, as it has major influence on the result of the breast reduction operation.
  • The final result of the operation depends on the course of the operation, the experience of the surgeon and his team, but to a significant extent, it also depends on conscientious and detailed postoperative monitoring and control.
  • To be sure of the success of the operation and wellbeing of the patient, Dr Toncic and his team insist on regular check ups and everyday contact with the patient. For our patients’ safety, successful recovery and postoperative monitoring, we recommend optimal length of stay in Zagreb. This way, we leave nothing to chance. We monitor our patient’s recovery completely, which is crucial for our patient’s health and the result of the operation.

REQUIRED STAY IN ZAGREB

  • Required stay in Zagreb is 10 to 14 days, so we can remove the stitches and monitor the early postoperative period completely. We indeed require that our patients stay in Zagreb after the breast reduction procedure, as this is a period that has crucial importance for health of our patient and for the result of the operation. Having followed all the instructions, we can let our patient go home safely and without risking the possible postoperative complications.
  • Sick leave lasts 14 to 21 days for breast reduction surgery. Ten days following the operation, we remove the stitches from the incision, and it is best if done in our clinic as we usually take this opportunity for check up. 14 days after home care and recovery, the patient can resume her personal and professional activities. However, the patient should avoid hard physical activities and lifting heavy objects for 30 days after the operation.

COMPLETE SERVICE – LET US TAKE CARE OF EVERYTHING

  • Beside the operation, we can arrange travel and accommodation for our foreign patients. We are here to assist you in every step of the way. Therefore, we can book your flight, and private or hotel accommodation in Zagreb. Our driver will welcome you at Zagreb airport and take you to your accommodation.
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Useful instructions for our patients - female breast reduction