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Surgery => Post Surgery and Healing After Surgery => Topic started by: dsanders16 on May 18, 2008, 09:04:49 AM

Title: ice to reduce swelling?
Post by: dsanders16 on May 18, 2008, 09:04:49 AM
Has anyone ever been reccomended to gently lay an ice pack over the chest to reduce the swelling? I had my surgery on Friday. I have lipo and tissue cut out on both sides but the left has a significant amount of breast tissue so right now it seems really swollen. No drains were put in so it's still really swollen.  Would putting ice on it be bad?
Title: Re: ice to reduce swelling?
Post by: George Pope, M.D. on May 18, 2008, 12:01:36 PM
in general, ice is helpful in minimizing swelling of a surgical wound for the first 24 to maybe 48 hours. After that, it doesn't really do anything.

Dr. Pope, MD
Title: Re: ice to reduce swelling?
Post by: ddrop on May 19, 2008, 06:03:41 AM
it helps to reduce the temperature of your body therefore sweating therfore itching. but as the doc said, cant help you with swelling anymore