Breast reconstruction

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Breast reconstruction operation is mostly done in women who have undergone mastectomy as a treatment for breast cancer. This surgical process recreates the breasts to the desired appearance, contour, and volume. The nipple and areola are also recreated. Normal breast sensation and breast function, as with nursing, do not mostly return to the normal situation when the sensory nerves or milk glands and ducts have been removed or significantly injured.

The appearance, contour, and size of the breasts can be recreated with implants or with a woman's tissue. If an implant is utilized, the implant is sized to match the opposite breast. A breast also can be recreated using a woman's tissue.

Bypassing the times, a segment of the lower abdominal wall can be utilized. Other tissue options for (using patient's tissue) reconstruction are back muscle and skin or fat and muscle from the buttock. Sometimes surgery on the opposite normal breast will be needed to create symmetry with the newly reconstructed breast. Breast reconstruction can be performed at any time following the patient's having had a mastectomy. 

The surgery takes 8-10 hours.
In the absence of any serious complications, you will be able to go home after 2-3 days of hospitalization. Patients usually feel extreme tiredness and pain for a week or two after surgery. be patient about your health status because you can't get back to normal activities until 6weeks or even longer. seriously avoid any tough and stretching exercises. about the scars, you should know that it takes 1 or 2 years to go away. for a short period of time, you will just wear special bras. in order to evaluate your full recovery, make an appointment with your doctor every 3months.
As with any surgery, breast reconstruction carries some complications such as asymmetry in size or shape, pain, infection, bleeding, numbness, change in sensation, reaction to anesthesia materials, and scars.
Don't eat or drink from the night before your surgery. stop smoking a week before and after. stop using herbal medicine, any special diets, anti-inflammatory medicines a few days before your appointment.
If a patient has active cancer, diabetes, any infectious condition that may be life-threatening, the surgery will be postponed. these groups of patients are at a higher risk of complications after surgery.
Right after the surgery, you may probably feel weak, and you'll feel pain for two to three weeks. you'll have a pulling or stretching feeling in your breast area. you'll be able to expect to feel better and stronger every day, although you will need pain medicine for per week or two


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