Breast Reconstruction surgery is a long procedure that requires extreme patience and courage to achieve long lasting results. Patients that have undergone the mastectomy or lumpectomy are 70% likely to undergo the breast reconstruction surgery after the treatment. There are several things that should be kept in mind before undergoing the breast reconstruction surgery as immediately after the surgery, you will not be able to move yourself anywhere so it is important to be prepared ahead of the breast reconstruction procedure.
There are two breast reconstruction surgery procedures and it is important for patient and surgeon to know which one suits the most and is appropriate for the patient. First procedure is known as implant based breast reconstruction and deals with breast surgery by placing silicone gel or saline water bags inside the breast tissue to form a new breast whereas second procedure is dedicated to use body’s own skin fats to make a new breast for natural feel and enhanced shape. Reconstruction procedure that uses body’s own skin is known as FLAP based reconstruction procedure whereas the procedure that uses saline bags is known as implant based reconstruction.
Breast reconstruction procedure using body’s own skin can only be applied to the people who have excessive fat deposits in their thighs, abdomen, back of body or from your buttocks. There are several variations to the autolongous reconstruction as well.
The surgeon will recommend the breast reconstruction procedure after examining your body and following characteristics of your body will be checked before choosing the breast reconstruction procedure appropriate for the patient such as
Mastectomy/lumpectomy also removes your nipple and in breast reconstruction procedure you can easily get your breasts nipples back. There are several choices for breast nipples that are available and the surgery can be performed right after the breast reconstruction surgery to give you a complete makeover for your breasts. Nipple reconstruction can be done using body’s own tissues or your other nipple can be used. As easier alternative, you can get nipple tattoo to get natural feel without undergoing extra surgery procedure.
You can start preparing for the procedure by meeting your surgeon for the consultation for the breast reconstruction procedure and discuss which breast reconstruction procedure is most appropriate for you. You may undergo the pre-op medical examination so that surgeon can give you tips for personalized care based on your body type. First step of the preparation for breast reconstruction procedure is as under
Just on the night before the breast reconstruction, you will not be allowed to intake any food or any kind of beverage however; you will be allowed to take clear liquids such as Water, Clear Tea, Black Coffee, Apple juice, Popsicle and clear carbonated drinks. Chewing gums or even candies aren’t even allowed. Medicines that are prescribed by surgeon should not be taken with anything other than water.
You will be required to go to hospital three hours ahead of your surgery and final examination will be done on your body before submitting you in OT for the breast reconstruction procedure. General Aesthetics will be applied on your body so that you won’t feel any pain during the treatment.
You will be kept in ICU for three hours after the breast reconstruction and after that you will be shifted to the monitoring unit for rest of the night. Surgeon will examine your body for changes after the breast surgery and after that you will be kept in room under care of nurses and will be frequently checked for changes inside your body. After two to seven days depending upon type of the breast reconstruction procedure you’ve received you will be shifted home and post medical care and medicines will be prescribed to you.