After the surgery gauze or bandages is applied to your incisions.
A small, thin tube is temporarily inserted under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid.
You will be provided with specific instructions that will include:
Risks and Complications
Your plastic surgeon will make an in depth explanation about the risks associated with the surgery. You will need to determine if the benefits will fulfill your goals and if the risks and potential complications are acceptable.
You will need to sign a consent form prior to surgery to make sure that you completely understand the surgical procedure and any associated risk or complication.
The potential risks associated with breast reconstruction include, but are not limited to:
Types of Breast Reconstruction
There are two main types of reconstructive surgery: those using synthetic materials (implants) and those using your own tissues (flaps). There are also variations within these types.
The type of reconstruction that suits you best depends on your preferences, the effect you desire, and the extent of your breast cancer surgery.
If you are one of the thousands of women who have one or both breasts removed for a cancer-related condition, you will want to consider breast reconstruction surgery.
The decision of whether to undergo breast reconstruction is extremely personal. Most women cannot imagine not getting breast reconstruction. Some women prefer to put on a prosthesis while others may choose not to. And still others may go for quite a while without breast reconstruction and then come to a decision to get the reconstruction.
Please refer to an educational 3D animation with an easy, visual demonstration of the reasons behind snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. The animation below makes it clear to understand how the positioning of three little implants helps fix the palatal vibration and collapse which causes snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.
Link to video: http://youtu.be/wQwtSjqW5o8
Causes of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) takes place every time the muscles in the back of your throat relax. These muscles provide support to the soft palate, the triangular piece of tissue hanging from the soft palate (uvula), the tonsils, the side walls of the throat and the tongue.
When these muscles relax, your airway narrows or shuts down while you inhale, so you can’t get a sufficient breath in.
Signs and Symptoms
The most common signs and symptoms of obstructive and central sleep apneas include:
- Too much sleepiness during the day.
- Loud snoring that is generally more prominent in obstructive sleep apnea.
- Periods of breathing cessation while sleeping observed by somebody else.
- Sudden awakenings combined with shortness of breath, which likely suggests central sleep apnea.
- Awakening with a dry mouth or sore throat.
- Morning headache
- Insomnia (difficulty staying asleep)
- Attention problems
Recovery and Discharge
You may have a feeling of fatigue or may have difficulty with memory 2 to 3 days after the surgery. This is due to the after effects of anesthesia and pain medications.
During this time, you should not drive, drink alcohol, or make big decision.
Once you wake up from the anesthesia you should be able to drink small amounts of fluid. The moment you do not feel sick, you can start eating regular foods.
Keep drinking about 8 to 10 glasses of water per day.
The Day of Your Surgery
- No food or drink for at least 6 hours before the operation.
- Shower and clean your abdomen and groin area with a mild antibacterial soap.
- Brush your teeth and rinse your mouth out with mouthwash.
- Do not shave the surgical site; your surgical team will clip the hair nearest the incision site.
During the Surgery
Most of the time your surgeon will perform the procedure while you are asleep under general anesthesia.
Typically, a cholecystectomy follows the process described below: