bovver_boi (bovver_boi) wrote in ftmsurgeryinfo,

CHEST SURGERY AFTERCARE - Alternative guide - E-Zine

[2 days ago I posted this article and I had a lot of feedback and critism which I am now taking on board. So I have changed some things in my post. I do not want to go into a political discussion here about Herbal medicine Vs Phamasuticals. So I will just make some alterations.]

I had surgery one month ago. I developed huge hematomas and infections under my left nipple. Since then I have done extensive research and decided to use alternative medicine to heal. The results have been remarkable and so I am writing an alternative to usual guide to caring after chest surgery based lessons I have learned from my individual experience and also from accredited research sources. Read further if you are interested in alternative health or pharmaceuticals are not working for you.

I am an FTM guy, I have used pharmaceutical to aid my transition and still do, like most other FTM's, I have had surgery, I have used anesthetics, I have used pain killers. I am not saying ALL pharmaceuticals are bad ALL of the time, obviously!... I am just offering a *researched* alternative for those who have doubts, or who have bad reactions to anti-biotics or who don't trust them. I think our bodies prefer natural ways of dealing with illness, but unfortunately for our livers, chemical medication is necessary

First of all I think it is useful to know what is likely to happen when you come out of surgery. so I will start there.

You will most likely be dozy from anesthetic, you might feel nauseous. The nurses will give you anything you need, they may give you some water to gently sip, if this goes down ok for while they may give you some soup or something. They will administer anti-biotics and painkillers, there are some issues about anti-biotics you should take note of before you take them (please see points further down for more info), bare in mind you dont have to take anything you don't want to. Your chest will be wrapped up tightly and you will have blood drains coming out of you (tubes with bottles of blood at the end) this is to drain all the excess blood (there is a really good reason for this).
When the anesthetic has worn off a bit and you are no longer as dizzy they will help you go to the toilet if you need to and maybe after some hours you can even leave to your hotel (if this is the case make sure you have all the medications you need, painkillers etc), if they recommend you stay its probably for a reason. If staying, they hopefully have a TV.. you may need a TV just for something to look at if your there for a long time, reading/writing might be too much effort and doesn’t always help when your nauseous, but take what every entertainment you might need with you. If you feel well, then do what you want to entertain yourself, read, write, draw etc.. (but no cartwheels ok!

After 2-3 day they take out the drains, it will hurt..but from personal experience its more just weird, coz your numb but its still sharp, I call this ‘numb pain’ , make sure they tell you before they do it and also I think its better if they don’t pull out fast. My nurse did is slowly and it hardly hurt at all. This Numb pain is how you will feel for about a week, you won’t even know where the pain is coming from, its unpleasant. Then after drains are out, you will feel better cause you wont have tubes hanging out of ya and you can wear your own clothes. You can now walk around and go shopping or whatever, walking is good for circulation, so do it! (unless surgeon tells you not to, talk to him/her about it). But don’t do anything strenuous.
Ok here are some tips about caring for yourself which I PERSONALLY recommend. All of my sources I will list at the bottom and I have checked they are all accredited sources (by Docters/Professers of science and medicine)

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