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Before your breast reduction surgery

Before your surgery you will 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 recovery. Please ask any questions you have and talk about anything that might worry you.

After that you may be seen at a pre-admission clinic. Bring along any prescribed or over-the-counter medications you are taking. Before surgery you will talk with your anaesthetist, who will 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 also improves healing after the operation. If you need help to quit smoking, use the resources on our page 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 co-ordinate the care of women with newly diagnosed breast conditions and 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 are being treated at Christchurch Hospital you can contact the breast care nurse on:

Ph (03) 364‑1804

Monday to Thursday 8 am to 4 pm

Friday 8 am to 12 pm

On the next page: After your breast reduction surgery

See also:

Preparing for your operation


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