Breast Microsurgery
Breast Microsurgery
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What to Expect with Breast Microsurgery at Roper Hosptial


  • Once your surgery is scheduled, the Pre-Admission Testing nurse will contact you by phone to determine all necessary tests have been performed and provide you with preoperative instructions.
  • Depending on your surgery time you will be asked to arrive 1½  - 2 hours before your procedure.
  • After valet parking in the front of the hospital, you will be directed to the admitting department.  Please have a photo ID and any insurance information available.
  • You will then be escorted to the preop area where a registered nurse will review your medical history, start your IV and complete any other preoperative preparations. 
  • At this point, your family may stay with you until the surgery time.  During this time, you will have the opportunity to meet your anesthesiologist and ask any final questions of your surgeon. 
  • Prior to your surgery, a fully qualified and specially trained operating room (OR) Registered Nurse will introduce her/ himself to you and review, once again, all the pertinent questions regarding your identity, your procedure and your history. We are aware that this seems repetitive, but it is essential that each individual involved in your care, verify this information.
  • Your family members will be asked for contact information so that the OR nurse can provide hourly updates by phone throughout your procedure.

Day of Surgery

  • Your comfort and safety are our primary goals. Warm blankets are provided for the cool temperatures in the operating rooms. Someone will assist you with the move from the stretcher to the OR table.
  • Compression stockings that were applied in the holding area, will be inflated with air pressure. The stockings will continuously massage your legs during the procedure.
  • You can expect to see bright lights in the operating room and a lot of equipment open and ready on tables to begin your procedure.
  • You will be introduced to the other essential support staff present in the room.
  • The OR nurse is present at your side as you are put to sleep by the MD anesthesiologist.
  • At the conclusion of the procedure, you will be transported to the PACU (Post Anesthesia Care Unit) and a complete report will be provided to the nurse responsible for your care in the immediate post-operative period.
  • In the PACU you will be the only patient cared for and closely monitored by a specially trained Registered Nurse for at least four hours. Once you are awake and stabilized, your family will be permitted to visit you in the PACU.  
  • While you are in our capable hands, we will also be looking out for your loved one(s). While you are in the operating room, your family will wait in our reception center. The operating room nurse will provide them updates during the surgery and the surgeon will speak directly to them afterward.  Also, our reception center is equipped with a Patient Tracking Monitor, similar to an airport scheduling monitor, that will allow them to confidentially see - in real time - your progress during surgery and in the PACU.
  • When you are ready to leave the PACU, you will be transported to 3 Pettit. 


  • You will spend the next three to five days on 3 Pettit where the nurses are specially trained to meet your needs. On your first night we will carefully monitor your surgical sites and pay special attention to your comfort.
  • The next morning your IV will be removed and you will be placed on a clear liquid diet for breakfast. You will progress to a regular diet at lunch.
  • Your doctor will visit every morning and often again in the afternoon or evening. If he or she cannot visit, the doctor will call to speak with your nurse to check on your progress and needs.
  • On the first morning after surgery, nurses will assist you out of bed and to the sink to bathe. You will also sit in a chair for a bit. It is normal to feel a bit overwhelmed the first day. Even though your nurses work with you to keep your pain at a minimum, it is common to feel some discomfort. You may be quite soreThe nursing staff will be very sensitive to your needs, so please express any concerns you have to them. They also communicate regularly with your doctor if there  are any concerns. When your nurse is ending her shift, she will bring in the new nurse to meet you.  Together, they will review your progress and make sure that all is going as it should.
  • The second day is spent much like your first, but it is usually a bit easier to move around. The nursing staff will assist you with walking around in your room and sitting up in a chair for longer periods of time.
  • On the third day, you will be assisted to the shower. This can be a bit tiring but also feels wonderful. After resting from your shower, nurses will walk with you in the hallway. They will encourage you to be an active participant in your care since the more active you are, the better you feel. If all goes well, the next morning is often spent preparing to go home. Your doctors and nurses will assure that you have the items and knowledge you will need to care for your self at home. They are also available by phone for questions. As you leave, you may feel like you are leaving new friends, please know the staff providing your care often feel the same way. They love to hear how well you are doing once you arrive home, so feel free to send them an update.