Dr Richie Gupta, Fortis Hospital, India answers the most pertaining and frequently asked questions (F.A.Q) Reconstructive surgery for breast after mastectomy. Have a look at
Dr Richie Gupta, Fortis Hospital, India answers the most pertaining and frequently asked questions (F.A.Q) Reconstructive surgery for breast after mastectomy. Have a look at the interview below:
Q1. How safe is Breast Reconstructive Surgery post Mastectomy?
Ans. Mastectomy is often done for breast cancer. For early-stage cancer, we can supplant the surgery in such a manner that as soon as the breast is removed, it can be reconstructed in the same sitting, so that as soon as the patient wakes up, she doesn’t bear the burden of breast loss at all. In later stages of cancer, we often have to wait for a period as determined by the oncologist so that if there is no recurness, one can go ahead with the reconstruction at a later date.
Q2. What are the types of Breast Reconstructive Surgery?
Ans. The surgery can be done in three different ways-
Q3. Can there be infections due to scars post surgery?
Ans. With surgery, there is a slight risk of infection. As flap loss may occur but that depends on the type of surgery.
Q4. What is the recovery process after Breast Reconstruction Surgery
Q5. What set of pain medications are to be administered post surgery?
Ans. Generally, after surgery, there is a need for injectable painkillers but that is needed for only 1-2 days. After that, it is manageable on tablets that are to be taken routinely. And yes, local doctors can take care of the patient in the long run.
Q6. How soon can I return to the office?
Ans. It depends on the type of reconstruction that is done.
Q7. Advice for International patients travelling for Surgery
Ans. My advice would be to send as much information (photographs/ clinical data) as you can to the treating surgeon. Based on that only, the surgeon will decide upon the type of reconstruction needed.
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