Preparation Post Surgery Latissimus Dorsi flap procedure, the surgeon uses muscle and skin from your back and transfers it to the breast area. This helps create a pocket so an implant may be inserted and placed. A tissue expander is inserted following the mastectomy to prepare for reconstruction. The expander is gradually filled with saline through an integrated or separate tube to stretch the skin enough to accept an implant beneath the chest muscle. After surgery, the breast mound is restored. Scars are permanent, but will fade with time. The nipple and areola are reconstructed at a later date. With flap surgery, tissue is taken from the back and tunneled to the front of the chest wall to support the reconstructed breast.
Jacksonville Breast Reconstruction
• Discontinue using Aspirin or Ibuprofen (these medications act as blood thinners and could cause problems with blood clotting). • Stop smoking for at least two weeks before your breast reconstruction as nicotine can impair circulation and healing. • Do not drink alcohol in excess before or after surgery. • Drink several glasses of water in the days leading up to your breast reconstruction.
To make your breast reconstruction recovery easier and more comfortable be sure to:
• Arrange for someone to take you home and take care of you for at least the first day. • Fill your prescriptions and have them within easy reach of where you will be resting. • Place plenty of pillows and a bed wedge nearby so that you can keep your back elevated.
You will also want to avoid raising your arms above shoulder level during the first few days after surgery. Post Surgery for your Breast Reconstruction What to expect post breast reconstruction surgery. Swelling will be significant in the first four weeks following your breast reconstruction surgery but will become mild soon after. Scars fade between six to twenty-four months and bruising may last up to four weeks. Pain after surgery will be controlled with appropriate medications. During the first 48 to 72 hours, your pain medication will be needed regularly. After this time, the medication is needed less frequently. Although pain cannot be fully avoided, it can be minimized by the medication prescribed by your surgeon, however, if you begin to have severe pain, contact your surgeon immediately. You may be released from the hospital on the same day and as long as or be admitted for 2 – 4 days. Drains remove excess fluids from the surgical sites following the procedure. These may be removed after the first week or two following surgery. The removal of your stitches will follow in approximately 7 – 10 days. Your doctor will discuss what time is best for you to begin showering after your procedure. Strenuous as well as sexual activity must not be engaged in for several weeks. It may take up to six weeks to recover from combined surgery. If implants were used without flaps and if surgeries were done separately, your recovery time can be less. The amount of time it will take for you to return to work may differ if you are having breast reconstruction done right after a mastectomy or in the weeks following, but expect to be out of work for approximately 2 to 4 weeks. Results vary from woman to woman but can usually be seen after two years. This allows a maximum amount of time for scars to heal. Be sure to take a look at our before and after breast reconstruction photo galleries by our plastic surgeons to get a better idea of the results you may achieve. If you have any remaining questions or are ready to schedule your consultation, give us a call, we’ll be waiting to help. ©2006 Candace Crowe Design