Post-operative : Brachioplasty

When you get home

 You can expect to have some pain in the arms and you will not be able to bend your elbows in the garment.

To help you rest comfortably, follow these instructions:

  1. Take extra-strength tylenol every 4 hours
  2. Take an anti-nausea medication such as gravol 30 minutes before taking your prescribed pain medication
  3. Take your pain medication as prescribed
  4. Take your antibiotics as prescribed
  5. Avoid using your arms for anything strenuous
  6. Wear your surgical garment

Contact us immediately if you experience any of the following:

  • Pain that is not controlled by the pain medication
  • Numbness in your hands
  • A fever of greater than 5
  • Severe nausea or vomiting
  • Hallucinations or incoherent behaviour
  • Pain or swelling of one calf
  • Excessive bleeding through your dressing

The first day following surgery

  • Your pain will start to dissipate after 48 hours
  • Avoid staying in bed all day, rest with your arms straight
  • Avoid strenuous activities with your arms

Follow up and healing time

  • Your arms will not be fully healed for 4-8 weeks
  • Exercise is not permitted until 4 weeks after surgery
  • You should be resting for at least 1 week after surgery and gradually regain daily activities after that with the exception of strenuous upper body activities or exercise
  • You will have an apt to see Gdalevitch 1-2 weeks after surgery, then at 1 month and at 2 months.