Breast Reconstruction Surgery: How to Prepare

Breast reconstruction is a procedure that can provide profound benefits when an experienced surgeon takes plenty of time to ensure that the patient knows what to expect at every stage of treatment. Board-certified cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon Ravi Tandon of Jansen Plastic Surgery will provide the most complete guidelines and support in preparing for breast reconstruction surgery. Dr. Tandon will answer all questions you have, discuss any concerns that may arise, and take any other measures necessary to help you prepare for treatment at his New Orleans, LA, office.

Assessing Your Candidacy and Planning Surgery

Before undergoing breast reconstruction surgery, Dr. Tandon will perform a detailed assessment to make certain that you are healthy enough to undergo the procedure. If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, this will involve working with your oncologist to determine when is the best time to perform breast reconstruction

If you are a candidate, you and Dr. Tandon can begin making decisions about the treatment options, such as the use of implants or natural tissue to recreate the breast mound.

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Dr. Tandon will help you choose the options that can give you the results you desire.

Following Pre-Op Instructions and Guidelines

Before breast reconstruction surgery, specific pre- and post-operative guidelines will be given. You may be asked to stop taking anti-inflammatory medications, Vitamin E, and herbal supplements. If you are overweight or underweight, you may need to take measures to reach a target weight in order to minimize the risk of surgical complications.

Breast reconstruction is a procedure that can provide profound benefits when an experienced surgeon takes plenty of time to ensure that the patient knows what to expect at every stage of treatment.

Home Preparations for Breast Reconstruction Surgery

Preparing the home for your recovery is imperative. Your house should be comfortable as well as functional during your recovery period. Home preparations may include placing amenities that are used daily so they are close within reach. You may also need to rearrange furniture. For example, in addition to a nightstand by the patient’s bedside, there may be a need for a second table for medications, supplies, and other items that aid in support and recovery.

It is important to minimize physical strain during your recovery, so you will also be asked to refrain from lifting objects that are heavier than two to three pounds. You should also allow friends and family to help you with daily household chores. Performing vacuuming, laundry, and other responsibilities on your own should wait until you are cleared by your surgeon. Arranging childcare is also recommended.

Contact Dr. Ravi Tandon Today

Breast reconstruction is often an important final step in an incredibly difficult journey. Dr. Tandon has helped many women to feel complete, feminine, and confident by implementing patient education along with refined and advanced surgical techniques. As a board-certified cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon, he uses the most innovative and minimally invasive techniques to achieve the results you desire. Contact Dr. Tandon either online or by phone at (504) 475-1200 to book your consultation today.

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Ravi Tandon, M.D.

Dr. Ravi Tandon is one of the most sought after plastic surgeons who is highly skilled and has trained in the latest breast reconstruction techniques. He is affiliated with various plastic surgery organizations: 

  • American Society of Plastic Surgery
  • American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • Louisiana Society of Plastic Surgeons

If you are exploring breast reconstruction during, immediately after, or long after your mastectomy, our compassionate team can help. To learn more about your options, request a consultation online or call our practice at (504) 455-1000.

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