Breast reconstruction surgery can restore the breasts to a natural shape following a mastectomy. It can restore a woman’s confidence and self-esteem.
This procedure involves the use of anesthesia, either intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Your surgeon may use a TRAM flap or latissimus dorsi flap or other flap techniques to reconstruct the breasts. You may need tissue expanders. Once the tissue is expanded, you will receive implants that will give the breasts their shape. Breast reconstruction is completed using grafting and other techniques to develop the areola and nipple.
Risks of infection and a reaction to anesthesia are present with any surgery. Your surgeon will discuss with you these risks and risks specific to this surgery. You will receive post-surgery instructions on how to handle complications. Your doctor will review your medical history and assess your current health to minimize risks.
After surgery, you will need to wear bandages over the incision sites. You may need to wear a support bra to reduce swelling and to reduce recovery time. A small tube may be placed under the skin to drain excess fluid during recovery. Healing will take several weeks with full results taking several months.
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