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ice to reduce swelling?

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ice to reduce swelling?
« 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?

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Re: ice to reduce swelling?
« Reply #1 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
George H Pope, MD, FACS
Certified - American Board of Plastic Surgery
Orlando Plastic Surgery Center
www.georgepopemd.com
Phone: 407-857-6261

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Re: ice to reduce swelling?
« Reply #2 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


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