Breast Reconstruction Surgery: Preparation
Choosing to undergo breast reconstruction surgery is a big decision. With the wealth of information available, never before have patients had the ability to educate themselves about possible procedures than they do now. This access to information, combined with the advancements in the field, allows patients and doctors to choose the correct option for every particular case.
Once you have made the decision, there are still a number of steps you may need to take to prepare for your surgery, though.
While breast reconstruction is a great option for patients following mastectomy, lumpectomy or other trauma, the procedure is not for everyone. After speaking with your doctor about breast reconstruction surgery, you may be required to undergo further medical evaluations.
These evaluations ensure there are no other medical conditions that may impair healing.
Prior to having breast reconstruction surgery, your doctor will ask you to stop taking certain medications, including blood thinners and aspirin, as well as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Your doctor may also suggest you take a stool softener, as some narcotic pain medications may cause constipation.
Smoking can create complications for healing and with anesthesia. For this reason, plastic surgeons will require smokers to quit smoking as soon possible before the surgery. In some cases, plastic surgeons will not perform the procedure on smokers due to the complications it may cause.
Following breast reconstruction surgery, patients are limited to what they are able to do in terms of movement and lifting. To ease the transition from the hospital to your home, there are certain measures you can take. These include:
- Doing laundry and cleaning the house before the surgery
- Planning meals
- Asking friends and family for help
- Finding a sitter for your pets
Breast reconstruction surgery can be liberating for those women who have had a mastectomy, lumpectomy or other trauma. It is a big decision and you should consult with your doctor before making any decisions.
Contact Salameh Plastic Surgery to learn more about your breast reconstruction options in the Bowling Green area.