Medications and other medical supplies to have on hand

Ask your doctor if you will be sent home wrapped in a large bandage and if so how long you will need to leave it on.

  • If possible pick up your prescription pain medication prior to surgery
  • Ibuprofen
  • Acetaminophen
  • Paper to track when you took your medications
  • Thermometer so that you can check your temperature
  • Laxative
  • Foods with lots of fiber to help with constipation
  • Foods that you like in case you aren’t hungry
  • Baby wipes for washing your face and wiping down the rest of you – you probably won’t be able to take a shower while you have your drains in
  • Extra Ace bandage – you will probably need one that is approximately 6 inches wide
  • Someone to help you change your bandage
  • Saline wound wash – when your drains are removed they will probably apply a small bandage that you will need to wear for a few hours and sometime this sticks when you try and remove it.  Sterile saline water can help loosen the bandage.
  • Scar Away silicone strips – some people find these helpful and others don’t.  You won’t need them until several weeks after your surgery, but you may need to order them online.
  • Boo Boo Buddies – these are small ice packs so they fit in small spaces.  They are also very flexible.
  • Gel ice pack – long narrow one covers a lot of area