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Gynecomastia Discharge Instructions


  • Start with regular diet high in protein and low in sodium as tolerated.


  • Have your prescriptions filled BEFORE surgery and bring them with you the day of surgery.  
  • Take all medication as directed with plenty of water starting the day of surgery.
  • Use pain medication as needed for pain and discomfort. DO NOT DRIVE WHILE TAKING PRESCRIPTION PAIN MEDICATION.
  • You can use Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) 800 mg 3 times a day, as needed for discomfort, starting 24 hours after surgery.

Activity/Wound Care:

  • Keep back elevated on 2-3 pillows behind your back and 1-2 pillows under your knees or rest in a recliner for the first week.  This will minimize swelling and improve recovery comfort. Do not lay flat.
  • The day after surgery, it is okay to remove the surgical garment and any gauze pads to take a shower. Leave the brown episeals on.   After showering, pat dry and replace surgical garment, with additional padding, if needed.
  • JP drains, if applicable, can be suspended on a lanyard or shoelace while showering.  This will prevent them swinging free.
  • Monitor and record drain output on sheet provided. Bring this sheet to all post-operative appointments.
  • Do not remove brown episeals.  All sutures are under the skin and dissolvable.  The strips will be removed by Dr. Church or his staff.  
  • No lotion or ointment to surgical incision areas for two weeks, unless instructed otherwise
  • Do not submerge in a bathtub or pool for 6 weeks after surgery.
  • Do not lift >10 pounds or increase heart rate for 2 weeks after surgery.  

Post-op Visits:

  • Post-op visits are very important. Follow up with scheduled appointment. If you were not given a follow-up appointment, please call the office within 24 hours of your procedure to arrange an appointment.
  • Then you will be seen again as follows: 1 week, 2 weeks, 3 weeks, 1 months, 2 months, 4 months, and as needed.


Additional Discharge Instructions:




    • Please call the office at (910) 388-5900 if you experience any of the following:
      • Rash or hives
      • Fever of 101 or greater
      • Persistent nausea or vomiting


  • If one or both breast becomes noticeably larger than the other or if a large, bruised area appears unilaterally within the first 48 hours, call the office 910-338-5900 immediately.  


  • If it is after hours, please call the office telephone number, you will be directed to the doctor or nurse on call.
  • If you have questions or concerns that are not an emergency, please call the office telephone number from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM Monday thru Friday, or leave a message on our voice mail after hours.


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