Having FTM Top Surgery soon? Check out this list of essential post-op supplies. Here’s what I needed:
- Oversized button up shirts (I got mine at our local Free Store.)
- Bendy straws (The clinic supplied these.)
- Extra pillows (I needed to prop my elbows for comfort.)
- Zip lock bags, for ice packs (The clinic supplied these.)
- Clips, to secure ice packs to shirt. (Didn’t have these but would have liked to. Used a custom sock/safety pin/zip lock bag tuck to accomplish this instead.)
- Safety pins, to affix drain tubes to shirt.
- Regular Tylenol (to kick codeine.)
- Cardboard trays, to empty drains into (The clinic supplied these.)
- Ginger beer (Instantly cured my sore throat, the result of throwing up and/or anesthesia intubation tube.)
- Eye drops (Codeine makes my eyes REALLY dry.)
- 3M paper tape and gauze, for covering nipples under compression vest.
- Anti-bacterial soap* (didn’t have this but maybe should have.)
* UPDATE, May 2012: I forwarded a link to this post to a friend recently and noticed the mention of Polysporin. I have only a vague memory of using Polysporin post-op, and I think it was my surgeon who recommended it to prevent infection of one of my incisions that was looking a little “angry.” However, when I consider this now I’m not certain how much of a good idea Polysporin is with top surgery healing. I recall what my tattoo artist used to tell me, that anti-bacterials kill the good healing cells along with the bad. The goopy stuff can also inhibit good air flow on the incisions — not ideal. So, keep this in mind when reviewing this list: Unless an infection is present, I’m not certain that Polysporin is necessary and it may actually do more harm than good. Follow your surgeon’s recommendations.