Breast reconstruction is a surgical procedure that attempts to bring the breast to normal size and shape following mastectomy for Breast Cancer.
You may have a flap reconstruction in which the surgeon will use your own muscle, fat, and skin. You will have a linear incision across your belly similar to a tummy tuck. While both the new breast and belly will have pain, most will come from the belly. This type of reconstructions can be referred to as Free Flap (DIEP, SGAP) or Pedicle TRAM Flap. Another reconstruction option is to have tissue expanders or implants placed to create the new breast. In this case there is no surgery on the belly and pain will come from pressure on the chest wall. You should talk over with your surgeon which procedure is best for you
The most common method of controlling post-operative pain is through the use of narcotic medication. This can be taken by mouth or from a PCA pump which administers narcotics through an I/V. Some hospitals or surgeons may use a pain pump to provide numbing medicine to the surgical site from a catheter placed in the body. In either situation you will still potentially be faced with side effects of the narcotics which may include nausea, dizziness, drowsiness, vomiting, dehydration, etc.
With SofPulse, there is an improved way to manage the pain and help you recover from reconstruction faster.
- Less pain
- Less pain medication and associated side effects
- Faster and more comfortable surgical recovery
This is accomplished with a device placed over bandages and perhaps even outside your surgical gown.
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For more information on breast reconstruction surgery, visit the American Society of Plastic Surgeons website at http://www.plasticsurgery.org/Reconstructive-Procedures/Breast-Reconstruction.html.