These tips are suggested by actual patients, who’ve been through the procedure:
- Be your own best advocate. Research all your surgical options and discuss the pros and cons of each with your surgeon.
- Consider timing. Breast reconstruction can be performed at the same time as a mastectomy or years later. The key is to find the time that works best for you.
- Talk to other patients to find a qualified plastic surgeon you can trust. You’re encouraged to seek multiple opinions.
- Ask questions. Ask your health care team if you are unsure or confused about anything related to your surgery, healing, or outcomes.
- Seek out friends. Many women have journeyed through what you are going through. They are willing to help and support in any way they can. Join a support group in your area or online
- Try to not set expectations and maintain an open mind. Final results won’t happen overnight and there may be multiple procedures involved in breast reconstruction.
- Remember this is a process. And like anything else, taking it one day at a time helps to relieve some of the anxiety.
- Have a support team and accept help when they offer.
- Get a KILI Medical Drain Carrier to provide ease and comfort during post-op healing. The simple and inexpensive device restores independence and will likely accelerate recovery time.