What is the Best Way to Relieve the Pain During Recovery After a Breast Reconstruction Operation?

Would hilotherapy help for a faster healing process after the procedure?

Doctor Answers (2)

Breast reconstruction pain management

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There are many different forms of breast reconstruction and therefore different levels of pain for each. I am not very familiar with hilotherpay and would caution using it without significant scientific data supprting its use. the best thing for you to do is talk with your surgeon about his/her post-op pain regimen.


Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Recovery after breast reconstruction depends on procedure

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Before doing anythiong like hilotherapy you need to make sure that it is OK with your plastic surgeon. There are 2 dramatically different ways to reconstruct breasts: flap procedures using your own tissues (these are operations such bas DIEP, TRAM, etc) and implants. If implants are used there may be tissue expanders placed. One thing the surgeon can do to lessen the discomfort from tissue expansion is to use an acellular matrix such as Alloderm to make an internal bra. That way there is less expansion and less pressure needed. If a skin-sparing mastectomy technique is used, there may not need to be any expansion at all. In general, implant reconstruction has a faster recovery that flap procedures.

Richard Baxter, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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