Preparing For Your Surgery

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Your oncologist and your plastic surgeon will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding certain vitamins and medications.

While making preparations, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery and to help you out for a few days, if needed. Breast reconstruction usually involves more than one operation. The first stage, whether done at the same time as the mastectomy or later on, is usually performed in a hospital.

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Tissue can be taken from the back and tunneled to the front of the chest wall to support the reconstructed breast.

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The transported tissue forms a flap for a breast implant, or it may provide enough bulk to form the breast mound without an implant.

Follow-up procedures may also be done in the hospital. Or, depending on the extent of surgery required, your surgeon may prefer an outpatient facility.

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