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Recommended Supplies for Breast Reconstruction Surgery

Here’s a list of a few items that will help you after your breast reconstruction surgery. While most of these supplies may be found at Walgreen’s and CVS, they’re probably cheaper at places like Albertson’s, Tom Thumb, and Kroger. Commonly known brands are listed in italics for reference. Store brand and generic forms are less expensive and may work just as well.

Dressing/wound care supplies for breast reconstruction surgery

We have listed some dressing supplies items that may be helpful to you.

  • Gauze (4×4 gauze, or gauze rolls like Kerlix)
  • Tape for dressings (paper tape may work best)
  • Disposable exam gloves (nonsterile; vinyl or latex or nitrile)
  • Antibiotic ointment (Neosporin, Triple Antibiotic)
  • Chlorhexidine (HibiClens)
  • Alcohol pads

additional supplies recommended for breast reconstruction surgery

  • Non-prescription medication to help minimize swelling and discomfort:  naproxen (Aleve) OR ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin)

    Blue lanyard

    (photograph of a lanyard)

  • A laxative (polyethylene glycol; MiraLAX)
  • Mild soap (Dove, Ivory, Cetaphil, baby wash)
  • Probiotics (either yogurt, smoothies, or tablets; Activia, Yoplait Plus)
  • Clear liquid drinks with sugar (not diet drinks, not artificial sweeteners).  Examples:  Sprite, Gatorade, ginger ale, cranberry juice, apple juice
  • A lanyard to hold drains while you shower (purchase at Walmart or Office Depot)
Garments to use after breast reconstruction surgery

Soft, front-closure bras.  Don’t buy expensive bras, just soft bras that close in front and fit comfortably. You should have at least two; one to wear, one to wash. These may be purchased anywhere, including Target, Walmart, Dillard’s, or wherever you would normally buy bras.  Here is a link to examples:  Soft front-closure bras



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