Breast Reconstruction/Post-Mastectomy Information

Qualifications

  • You are able to cope well with your diagnosis and treatment

  • You do not have additional medical conditions or other illnesses that may impair healing

  • You have a positive outlook and realistic goals for restoring your breast and body image

Although breast reconstruction can rebuild your breast, the results are highly variable:

  • A reconstructed breast will not have the same sensation or feel as the breast it replaces

  • Visible incision lines will always be present on the breast, whether from reconstruction or mastectomy

  • Certain surgical techniques will leave incision lines at the donor site, commonly located in less exposed areas of the body such as the back or abdomen


Preparation

  • A medical evaluation

  • Take certain medications or adjust your current medications

  • Stop smoking well in advance of surgery

  • Avoid taking aspirin and certain anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding

  • Be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery and someone to stay with you the first night after surgery


Recovery

During your recovery, your breasts will be wrapped in gauze dressings and an elastic bandage or support bra to minimize swelling and support the breast as they heal. This should be worn around the clock or as instructed by your prescription. Post-Op avoid lifting for 2 weeks and for 6 weeks, no gym or strenuous activity. Acute pain and soreness will last a few weeks, but your doctor will prescribe pain medications to help you remain comfortable.


  • *Are not limited to:

  • Flap surgery includes the risk of partial or complete loss of flap

  • Breast firmness

  • Asymmetry

  • Exposure of tissue

  • Capsular contracture

  • Wound breakdown

Unlikely Complications