These tips are suggested by actual patients, who’ve been through the procedure:

1)1236756_10152022942482199_270578146_nBe your own best advocate. Research all your surgical options and discuss the pros and cons of each with your surgeon.

2)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.

3)Talk to other patients to find a qualified plastic surgeon you can trust. You’re encouraged to seek multiple opinions.

4)Ask questions. Ask your health care team if you are unsure or confused about anything related to your surgery, healing, or outcomes.

5)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

6)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.

7)Remember this is a process. And like anything else, taking it one day at a time helps to relieve some of the anxiety.

8)Have a support team and accept help when they offer.

9)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.