- Front closure sports bras (zipper or hook & eye -- I found mine at Walmart but have seen ones at Academy, too)
- Ice packs (the little round ones for kids work great!) -- Only use these if your doc okays it. Some don't want patients to use them because you won't be able to tell if your skin is getting too cold. I didn't have issues with that and found them to be immensely helpful in relieving muscle pain.
- Loose fitting button up shirts
- Loose fitting button up pajamas and/or oversized tank tops that you can pull up from your feet
- Lanyard with clip (to wear in the shower and hang your drains on). I ordered and used a product called the Prody Drainage Bulb Holder (http://www.amazon.com/indivdually-Individually-0814-8220-Bird-Cronin/dp/B00IK4PD9Q) and it was by far one of my most useful post-surgical items.
- Face wipes -- it's difficult to do anything, let alone lean over a sink to wash your face in those first days after surgery.
- Baby wipes -- for everything else when showering is too hard
- Alcohol swabs (to clean drain port after emptying)
- 4x4 cotton gauze pads (the drain sites hurt so I covered mine with gauze and that helped keep the pressure from the bra off of them)
- Surgical tape (Nexcare makes a cushioned tape that is awesome)
- Neosporin (in case your drain sites need it)
- Dermaplast spray (this makes any hurting incision feel better and disinfects)
I used a waterproof pad under my sheets in case the drains leaked. The only time this happened was in the hospital but it made me feel better about not messing up a mattress/recliner.
Do you have any advice for surgery prep or recovery gear? I'll add more as I think of it but please feel free to leave comments so I can add your info as well. And please ask questions if you have them!