Before breast reconstruction, consultation is a must
Monday, September 26, 2011
If you are a cancer patient or survivor and are considering getting a breast reconstruction, you've probably talked about it with your friends and family. But have you discussed things with your surgeon? Before you opt for such a procedure, you'll need to schedule a consultation.
This meeting with your surgeon is a critical step in the breast reconstruction process. In it, you can ask about the ins and outs of reconstruction.
However, it is likely that your physician will be doing the majority of questioning during your consultation. After all, there is a lot your surgeon needs to know about you before he or she can safely plan your upcoming operation. For instance:
- Have you ever had surgery before?
- Do you have allergies to any medications, vitamins or dietary supplements?
- More generally, why do you want this procedure? Are you prepared to potentially have one or more follow-up surgeries?
- What kind of reconstruction do you envision yourself having? Do you know about its potential complications?
You should be prepared to honestly and forthrightly discuss these topics and more, say both the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Your consultation will also involve the taking of measurements and photos of your chest, as part of your medical history.
Breast Augmentation. American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. 2011. http://www.surgery.org/consumers/procedures/breast/breast-augmentation Accessed August 26, 2011.
What to expect during your consultation. American Society of Plastic Surgeons. 2011. http://www.plasticsurgery.org/reconstructive-procedures/breast-reconstruction.html?sub=What%20to%20expect%20during%20your%20consultation#content Accessed August 26, 2011.
Extract: If you are a cancer patient or survivor and are considering getting a breast reconstruction, you've probably talked about it with your friends and family. But have you discussed things with your surgeon?
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