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Breast Reconstruction Timeline: Everything You Need To Know 2017-07-19T22:14:40+00:00

Breast Reconstruction Timeline

Wondering what to expect during a breast reconstruction journey? This timeline shows you your benchmarks from start to finish.

RESEARCH STAGE: INITIAL CONSULTS & FINDING YOUR SURGEON

Step One: Initial Consultation

After an initial discussion with your surgeon, a physical examination will allow a focused and thorough review of the available surgical choices for your unique case. You will have ample opportunity to discuss any concerns and to review your options. You’ll have the opportunity during your first visit to meet with Dr. Levine, one of the top breast reconstruction surgeons in the world. Dr. Levine will sit down with you and spend the time needed to address your individual emotional needs in order to help you work towards healing and recovery. Breast reconstruction services can be coordinated for visiting patients that are newly diagnosed as well as for individuals with the breast cancer gene (BRCA) mutation.

  • Come in with questions and concerns to ask your surgeon. (View our What To Ask Your Surgeon Checklist.)
  • We discuss your history and reconstructive options, and following that we create your surgical plan.

FIRST STAGE: PERFORATOR FLAP BREAST RECONSTRUCTION

Step Two: Pre-Operative Appointment for First Stage Reconstruction Surgery

A pre-op appointment is to make sure that you are healthy enough for surgery and anaesthesia.  Here, we’ll complete your bloodwork, a urinalysis, an EKG, a chest x-ray, and a basic physical.  We’ll review your surgical plan, addressing any remaining questions or concerns you may have. The other essential purpose of this appointment is to support you and make you feel as rest-assured and at-ease as possible with your upcoming surgery.

  • Occurs two weeks before your surgery
  • Usually takes about 1-1.5 hours with the nurse
  • Review of the surgical plan with you
  • Remaining questions and concerns are addressed
  • Pre-surgery instructions are reviewed:
    • Nothing to eat or drink after midnight before surgery day
    • Time of arrival and directions to hospital
    • Instructions for family members
  • Complete blood work, EKG, and chest x-ray as needed

Step Three: Your Perforator Flap Breast Reconstruction Surgery (Stage One)

The first thing you’ll do in the Day Surgery Area is change into a hospital-supplied gown.  Your blood pressure, temperature and heart rate will be checked and an IV inserted into your arm so that necessary body fluids and medication can be administered during and after your surgery.

The nurse will do a brief review to ensure all tests and paper work are complete and with your chart.  Stockings will be put on your legs to prevent blood from pooling and forming blood clots in your legs. You will also receive any medications or antibiotics the doctor has ordered. Lastly, the plastic surgeon will draw markings on your body to indicate where your incisions will be made. You will be seen by the plastic surgeon, fellow resident, a physician’s assistant, and maybe medical students at this time.  At this point, you are ready to be taken to the waiting area outside the operating room.

While your surgery is underway, your family can wait in the visitor lounge located on the second floor of the Anne Thomas building.  The lounge is equipped with a phone that connects to the recovery room. They may also go to the cafeteria or leave the hospital and return near the end of your surgery if they wish.

Step Four: Initial Post-Operative Visit

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Step Five: Follow Up Visits

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SECOND STAGE : REVISION PROCEDURE

Step Six: Breast Reconstruction Revision Procedure (Stage Two)

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Step Seven: Revision Post-Operative Visit (Stage Two)

Caelum ripis praeter formaeque ipsa unda homo. Margine frigida subsidere naturae tellure fluminaque consistere. Longo peragebant abscidit inposuit dissociata numero. Uno chaos: quicquam partim tegit spisso tegit quinta flamina. Quarum fert? Terris caeli habendum caelo sublime dixere! Gravitate effervescere peregrinum dextra modo est.

Step Eight: Final Stage—Nipple-Areola Micropigmentation or 3D Tattoo

Caelum ripis praeter formaeque ipsa unda homo. Margine frigida subsidere naturae tellure fluminaque consistere. Longo peragebant abscidit inposuit dissociata numero. Uno chaos: quicquam partim tegit spisso tegit quinta flamina. Quarum fert? Terris caeli habendum caelo sublime dixere! Gravitate effervescere peregrinum dextra modo est.

 
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