About Breast Reconstruction Surgery
We understand how important a natural-looking, attractive reconstruction can be to restoring your comfort and sense of self after treatment. That is why our expert surgeons have developed precise techniques to achieve results that can be as equally aesthetic as elective cosmetic breast surgery
We will not only work to restore your breast size, shape, beauty and contour—we are often able to create the ideal breasts for you. You may be able to opt for breast augmentation, reduction, lift, or nipple position correction at no additional cost as part of your reconstruction. We encourage you to choose your own goal for reconstruction and will help you explore all of your options in detail with you
all breast cancer patients are considered eligible for reconstruction, which is commonly covered by insurance. Whether you are choosing a mastectomy, lumpectomy, or radiation therapy, you can pursue the best treatment option for your diagnosis with confidence and still have the opportunity to define the way you look and feel afterward
Conditions Treated with Breast Reconstruction Surgery
Following a lumpectomy or mastectomy, we offer leading-edge breast reconstruction services to women in any stage of breast cancer to help you achieve excellent cosmetic results
Oftentimes, we are able to treat you even if other centers have told you that you are not eligible for breast reconstruction
Preparing for Your Surgery
Our procedures have been designed to make your surgery as safe, comfortable, and convenient as possible.
Your surgery will be performed at one of the following locations:
All blood used comes from volunteer donors
The Guest Services staff is available to assist you in any way. They serve as advocates for patients and their families; act as friends and guides; provide personal services and direct patients and families to hospital and community resources
You can call the Guest Services Hotline, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
After you go home, if you have any questions or concerns about your hospital care, you can call the Hotline at any time
Before Your Surgery
We will call you the evening before surgery, (or the Friday before a Monday surgery), to confirm your arrival time and surgery start time. You may call us after 4 p.m. if this is more convenient for you. Please be aware that your surgery start time is subject to change until 4pm the day before surgery.
Please follow these eating and drinking instructions before surgery:
Clear liquids like water, clear juice, sports drinks, clear tea, and black coffee, may be consumed , until 5 hours before any ambulatory surgeries ,5 hours before any other surgeries
Do not drink milk-containing products, alcoholic beverages or drinks with pulp or solids of any kind
Nothing to eat or drink after midnight. You can take needed morning medications with sips of water as directed
Refrain from smoking after midnight and on the day of your surgery
Check with your doctor about whether you should discontinue taking regularly scheduled medication. If you are advised to continue taking it, you should take it with just a sip of water.
You will receive a personal medication card before your surgery. Please fill out the card and bring it with you the day of surgery.
Regulations do not permit you to drive or take a taxicab
Smart Group Holding Group will provide free delivery service
Day of Surgery
Wear loose, comfortable clothing so you can change easily before and after surgery
Leave ALL valuables at home and bring only essential items such as glasses, dentures, hearing aids, canes, etc
Please do not wear perfume/cologne, makeup, nail polish, or jewelry (including rings and watches).
What to bring
Health insurance card
Current photo ID
X-rays or other medical documentation requested by your surgeon
Personal medication card
Safe surgery guidelines – before surgery
The staff will ask you to identify yourself, the procedure and the site of the procedure. This information will be compared with your armband, your surgical consent, and the operating room schedule.
The staff will inquire again on any allergy information. If ordered by your surgeon, you will receive antibiotics at this time. Please note that throughout your surgical experience, our staff will practice hand hygiene to prevent infection.
You will be asked to arrive approximately two hours before your scheduled surgery so you and your care team have adequate time to get you ready for surgery. We will make every effort to begin your surgery at the scheduled time.
If we experience unanticipated delays in caring for other patients, we will keep you informed of our progress. We will estimate the time we anticipate being able to begin your surgery.
Your next stop is pre-op where you’ll be asked to change into a hospital gown in a private area. We’ll check your weight, blood pressure and temperature and make final preparations for surgery. We’ll also review your medications, medical history, and allergies.
Visitors should be limited to two people at a time.
Children under the age of 12 are not permitted.
Food and beverages are not allowed in the pre-op area but may be consumed in the waiting room.
Cellular devices must be turned off and remain off.
Perfumes and colognes are strongly discouraged as many patients are allergic to such scents.
Complimentary WiFi is available.
You will be taken to the Phase I Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) immediately after surgery. You will stay there until you are awake, your vital signs are stable, and you have satisfactory pain management.
Safe surgery guidelines
When the surgery is over, the surgical team verbally reviews information on another checklist. This list includes details of your post-surgical condition and recovery plans. This is done before you leave the operating room.
When you arrive in the recovery care area, the surgeon and/or the anesthesiologist will talk with the recovery area nursing staff about your procedure and condition, and plans for your recovery.
Admitted to the hospital
If you are to be admitted to the hospital, you will be transported to the patient care unit when your room is ready
If you are to be discharged home after surgery, you will be taken to the Phase II area where you will change into your own clothes. A family member or friend will then be able to join you and a nurse will provide verbal and written home care instructions.
We will also give you the contact numbers for any questions or concerns that arise once you are home. We welcome and encourage your questions before you are discharged.
Once you return home, we recommend that you have someone stay with you, at least for the first night.
Breast Reconstruction Surgical Techniques
Our expert reconstruction surgeons are working on the forefront of science to offer you better results in nipple-sparing mastectomies. Our groundbreaking approach uses new imaging technology and surgical procedures customized to your body’s unique blood vessel pattern to protect the nipple during surgery and help it heal more successfully afterward
We have learned that little things we do can make a big difference when it comes to nipple conservation. As one example, we now offer soft, small wool pads, traditionally used by breastfeeding women, as a portable, convenient way to keep your nipple warm after surgery and encourage healthy blood flow for better long-term results
Implant selection and padding
We offer a selection of implant shapes and sizes to provide you with options that meet your reconstruction needs. You can choose from standard, round implants, which provide a higher, fuller profile, or contoured, anatomically shaped implants that mimic the breast’s natural tapering. We can go even further to give you a natural look and feel by using fat grafts to help pad the implant, minimize its silhouette, and give you a softer cleavage line
Many women worry that the results will be unattractive or artificial-looking. However, we have found that, breast cancer patients, partners of patients, cancer care providers, and random respondents ranked photos of breast cancer reconstructions above those of elective cosmetic breast enhancement for general appearance, nipple position, natural look, and attractiveness
Enhancing nipple projection
To achieve the shape and fullness of a natural nipple, give the nipple a more natural and soft projection, we offer use of fillers—the same product used by dermatologists for wrinkles and smile lines. Depending on the type of filler used, the effects can last six months to a year, two years, or even permanently
If you decide you do not like it, you can reverse the effect with an enzyme that digests the filler. The filler we use contains hyaluronic acid, a natural component of skin, that is administered through a tiny injection in our clinic
3-D nipple tattooing
3-D nipple tattooing offers women a more realistic aesthetic over standard nipple tattooing. We have staff who are specially trained in this art form and can give you exceptionally convincing results to restore your desired appearance post-surgery
Breast reconstruction is an opportunity for you to shape your new profile to a way you wish. We work with you to create your ideal breasts, whether that means your original size and shape or a smaller, larger, more lifted, more symmetrical, or fuller profile. We have also pioneered a technique to reduce and lift breasts during nipple-sparing mastectomies to avoid additional surgery
Our surgeons care about your aesthetic results and have expertise in the latest cosmetic and reconstructive surgical advances. We love to hear patients tell us they like the way they look, sometimes even more than before their breast cancer diagnosis
Risks of Breast Reconstruction Surgery
With years of experience, our surgeons take extra precautions for a safe, successful procedure to minimize the risk of complications and side effects. Breast reconstruction risks and possible complications may include, but are not limited to :
Excessive scar tissue
The most common complication of breast implant reconstruction surgery is capsular contracture, which occurs if the scar or capsule around the implant begins to tighten. Capsular contracture can change the appearance and hardness of the breast reconstruction and can sometimes cause pain. Occasionally, this complication can be severe enough to require a second operation
Breast reconstruction does not increase the chance of breast cancer coming back, nor does reconstruction make it harder to monitor cancer recurrence
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