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Before your breast reduction surgery

Before your surgery, you'll have an appointment to see your surgeon in the plastic surgery clinic. Your surgeon will discuss surgical techniques, the outcome you want, the risks of surgery, and your recovery. Please ask any questions you have and talk about anything that worries you.

After that, you may be seen at a pre-admission clinic. Bring along any prescribed or over-the-counter medications you're taking. Before surgery, you'll talk with your anaesthetist, who'll review your health and medication details. You can read more about Having an anaesthetic.

Stop smoking as far ahead of your surgery as possible. This reduces the risks that go with having an anaesthetic. It will also improve healing after the operation. If you need help to quit smoking, use the resources on How to become smokefree.

When you come to hospital for your operation:

The plastic surgery ward is Ward 20. You can find more information about Ward 20 on this page.

Breast care nurses

Breast care nurses coordinate the care of women with newly diagnosed breast conditions. They also provide education, psychological support and wound care management. They can be a first point of contact for you and your family during treatment.

If you're being treated at Christchurch Hospital, you can contact the breast care nurse on (03) 364‑1804, 8 am to 4 pm Monday to Thursday, and 8 am to 12 noon Friday.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed April 2018.


See also:

Overview of surgery

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