Asides from being painful, losing one or both breasts can be physiologically disturbing. It is entirely normal to feel anxious, uncertain, sad and mournful about having a mastectomy. Thanks to modern technology we can now rebuild breasts and provide mastectomy patients with a sense of normality. Breast reconstruction varies according to the type of mastectomy performed, however, the most common procedure involves placing a simple implant in the breast region. If there is not enough skin to accommodate the implant, then skin tissue can be taken from another part of the body, for example the back or abdomen.
- Surgery time 3 – 4 hours
- Hospital stay 1 night
- Anaesthesia General
- Time off work 7 – 10 days
- Getting back to normal including being able to do sports: 4 – 6 weeks. Patients are recommended to wear a sports bra after the surgery for one month. This helps to support and compress the breasts which gently helps to reduce swelling.