How often are there complications from anesthesia? Is it less painful than a c-section recovery? Are there any staples used?
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Concerns about breast reduction surgery…
Anxiety prior to surgery is very normal; its complete elimination is usually not possible. ***Assuming you have chosen your plastic surgeon carefully, other important "variables" such as anesthesia provider and surgery facility will be selected based on everyone's first priority: safety. This careful selection should give you some peace of mind that you will be safe around the time of surgery. Discuss your specific areas of concerns with your plastic surgeon who will be in the best position to help you calm your nerves. Obtaining "medical clearance" from your family practitioner or internist may also help when it comes to alleviating anxiety. I ask my patients to try to be as calm as possible prior to surgery; this “calmness" tends to translate to a smoother postoperative course. You may be able to alleviate some pre operative anxiety with music, exercise, meditation, a glass of wine (if ok with your surgeon), and positive/objective focus on the long term outcome/benefits etc. prior to your procedure. Generally, patients find that they did “get worked up for nothing” after their recovery is completed. I hope this, and the attached link, helps.
Worried about anesthesia
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Breast reduction recovery
The commonly quoted mortality rate from general anesthesia is 1 person in every 250,000 cases. This includes patients who are very sick and have multiple medical issues. The risk in a healthy woman who has no significant medical issues is much smaller. A breast reduction is a relatively quick case and only takes 1 1/2 to 2 hours and can be done using an LMA (no tube passes through the vocal cords).When i perform a breast reduction, most of the stitches are dissolvable except for a few around the areola. I don't use staples. Most patients report relief of their back and shoulder pain in the recovery room. The pain from the procedure is minimal and nothing like a C-section.