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How to best support a friend after breast surgery?

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Dr. Alex Lechtman
Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
Be a Friend: Offer to help. Go with her to her appointments, and be another set of ears. Help with the kids or meals or whatever else is needed. Just the fact that you are asking suggests you'll do just fine. Good luck to your friend.
Dr. Jeffrey Roth
Plastic Surgery 41 years experience
Just be there: Be the good friend that you are. Offer to go with the patient to her appointments. In the post op period, friends can be very helpful when patients come home from the o.R. Be supportive and caring. All these things count for a lot...
Dr. Azita Madjidi
Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
Many ways: The day of surgery, just be present and you can be the driver. Then you can help her with getting dressed, do grocery shopping, preparing meals, helping with dressing changes, lifting heavy things for her, and be reassuring. Get to know post operative instructions and help her do them.
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Ask about Needs: Best to simply ask your friend what her needs may be. These needs may differ from one individual to another. For example, some patients benefit from having a friend “watch over them” for the first one to 2 days after undergoing anesthesia. Others may benefit from having a driver to return to office follow-ups etc.

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