Everything I wish I knew I needed after Top Surgery

We've compiled an awesome list of things to make sure you've got set up and ready and purchased before the big day so that you can relax and heal.

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Getting ready for your days of recovery after surgery is almost as exciting as surgery itself because it means it’s coming soon. We’ve compiled an awesome list of things to make sure you’ve got set up and ready and purchased before the big day so that you can relax and heal.

Going into the hospital:

  • Don’t bring your wallet, cell phone, keys, etc. If you have to, make sure you’ve got someone there to look after it all. Make sure you’re not wearing anything that you’d regret losing if it comes down to it.
  • Bring a short sleeve, baggy, button up.. At least two sizes too big… This will make it so that when you leave, you’re not lifting your arms above your head to put on clothes. It’ll fit the drains nicely inside as well.
  • Bring a pillow… Leaving the hospital, it’ll be a nice thing to have between you and the seat belt strap.
  • Make sure you’ve got a pharmacy that your family/friend accompanying you can access on your behalf if you’re feeling too weak to get your pain medicine.

Medical Needs:

  • Scar Cream
  • Vitamin E gel/cream (promote healing)
  • Vitamin C (Stay healthy)
  • Gauze pads… From big to little, but definitely big ones to reapply over the entire area under your compression vest or bandages.
  • Polysporin (not neo) to keep your nipples healing properly.
  • Ask your doctor if they suggest any additional items, or check out TKitts.com for a complete after surgery care kit you can purchase.

Additional Needs:

  • Lots of big baggy button up shirts.
  • Bendy straws
  • Unscented soap
  • Wet wipes… for your butt, seriously. Bending to wipe it is horrible and it’s easiest to get it all clean in one or two times.
  • Someone to open your pain pills and put them in a non-child-lock bottle or leave the top off.
  • A sponge on a stick, whatever those are called. If you’ll be bathing yourself, it’s a tough task. Maybe some dry shampoo or just extra cologne for awhile?
  • Things to do, maybe some DVDs or video games you haven’t played yet. Or a laptop with the internet on it so you can read all of FTM Magazine’s newest articles everyday.

Know that if you’ve got any binders that you no longer need, and if they’re in decent shape, there are a ton of sites that redistribute to those in need for very little to no cost to the purchaser.