How to Prepare for Breast Reconstruction Surgery

Having a mastectomy or breast tissue injury can be traumatic, but breast reconstruction surgery can help regain a sense of confidence a give a boost to your body image. Here's how to get ready for the big day.

Instructions

  • TIP: It is extremely important that you follow all of the instructions your doctor gives you. These are meant to reduce surgical risk and keep you healthy.
  • Step 1: Ask your surgeon about any medications or vitamins you are taking, especially aspirin and blood thinners.
  • Step 2: Take care of your body and mind, including taking the day before surgery off from work and scheduling activities to relax. Surgery is hard and uncomfortable, but the confidence it'll restore within you will make it all worthwhile.
  • FACT: The first breast reconstruction surgery was performed by Vincenz Czerny, a surgeon in Heidelberg, Germany, in 1893.
  • Step 3: Follow your doctor's pre-surgical instructions. This may include a change in diet, medication, or even lifestyle and habits.
  • TIP: Even if you only need a single breast reconstruction, your surgeon may recommend that you have both breasts worked on to make them symmetrical.
  • Step 4: Call your insurance and your primary care physician to ask about the plastic surgeons on your list. Try to use a specialist who is both recommended and covered by your insurance.
  • Step 5: Choose a plastic surgeon or two to meet with and discuss your options for breast reconstruction.
  • Step 6: Ask the doctor any questions or voice any concerns during your pre-surgical meeting.
  • Step 7: Ask your friends and family for plastic surgeon referrals. Double-check that any referred doctor is board-certified.

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