Breast reconstruction is a procedure one may choose to undergo after mastectomy (a procedure that is done to remove a part or whole of breast in order to prevent breast cancer) to restore the shape, size and symmetry of the breasts.
The amount of reconstruction needed, depends on the following:
- Width, location and size of the removed tumor
There are many options for breast reconstruction surgery which are proposed by the doctor once you decide to have one. One of the reconstruction type employs implants that are silicone devices filled with saline or silicone gel, to reshape the breasts.
Implants stretch the skin using tissue expander that goes inside you, which are filled by saline, once a week for a few sessions. These sessions are complained to be painful by many women but are known to give satisfying results in the end.
What are the risks involved ?
Breast reconstruction surgery is a path-breaking surgery for the ones who suffer asymmetry in the breasts following mastectomy. However, risksinvolved in rare instancesmay be the following:
- Implant rupture
- Changes in breast sensation
- Increased risk of future breast surgery to remove or replace the breast implant.
- Scar tissues formed compress the implant and breast tissue into a rigid, irregular shape
How to prepare for the reconstruction?
Ask for recommending a plastic surgeon by the in-house doctors of team Medmonks before undergoing mastectomy. Consult an experienced and a certified plastic surgeon who will reconstruct the breast following mastectomy.
Considering your body type, health status and cancer treatment your plastic surgeon will suggest types of reconstruction that can deliver the best results.
You can ask your surgeon to provide information on the site of the operation, and what type of follow-up procedures may be important. You may further enquire about the necessity of a surgery on the opposite breast to ensure symmetry with reconstructed breast.
Follow the instructions given by your doctor on eating, drinking, adjusting current medications and quitting smoking.
What to expect post the surgery?
After surgery one may feel tired and sore for a few weeks. To control this uneasiness and pain the doctor may prescribe medications.
Expect the permanent scars from the stitches after the surgery, which gets faded over the period of time. However the stitches need not to be removed as they dissolve themselves.
Drainage tubes will be placed inside for a short period of time to remove the fluids that collect in the site during surgery. Till the amount of fluid draining substantially decreases the tubes will remain in place.
Your doctor may suggest to avoid rushing into strenuous physical activities following the reconstruction surgery.
Your plastic surgeon may call you for follow ups on yearly basis, however you can visit him early if there are concerns about the procedure.
On a successful note after the surgery, one can expect symmetry between the breasts and an improved self-esteem.
How long does breast reconstruction surgery take?
It may take 2 hours for the preparation of the surgery to get started that is inclusive of getting anesthesia.
Once the procedure begins, it may take 1 to 6 hours for completion. After the surgery is done, about 2 to 3 hours rest is given before being transferred to a hospital room.
What is the follow-up care for breast Reconstruction?
Post the surgery, there will be swelling, soreness and bruising for 2 to 3 weeks. Your doctor may suggest for changing bandages regularly at home or to apply medications at the surgery site.
You’ll be asked for regular follow-ups post-surgery. Keep self-examining your breast on monthly basis and have a mammogram done annually.
If the cancer reoccurs even after mastectomy, the reconstruction surgery won’t interfere with the treatment which includes surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and targeted therapy.
How much does it cost?
Medmonks’ team works for the good health of its visitors hence we endeavor to avail best breast reconstruction surgery under great prices.
Cost of breast reconstruction surgery starts from around USD 3500 but it varies due to the following factors:
- Type of implant chosen
- Location for getting the surgery done
We encourage you to make an informed decision after becoming well-versed with all aspects of breast reconstruction surgery in India.
Medmonks promises you to get the best cosmetic surgeons in India and calls you for the hassle free arrangements for the treatment, recovery and stay.