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Is Breast Reduction Surgery Painful?

Posted on: December 29, 2012
By: DrDelgado

Many San Francisco Bay Area women with large breasts have back, neck and shoulder pain. Large breasts can increase stress on the spine. The force of gravity causes the front of the body to pull forward which causes the normal curve of the spine to straighten out causing widespread muscular pain.

Women looking to eliminate back pain want to know how painful a breast reduction mammoplasty might be. The surgery itself is done under general anesthesia; the patient is asleep and feels no pain during surgery. There is not any dissection of chest muscle (as there is for a breast augmentation) and so is generally much less painful. Since pain thresholds are different for everyone, the patient is given prescription pain medication to keep her comfortable. Most women only need the stronger pain medication for a day or two after surgery and then switch to “over the counter” analgesics such as Tylenol. Of course, any side effects or severe prolonged pain needs to be reported immediately.

Women with large pendulous breasts notice the immediate relief after surgery from back, neck and shoulder pain, and many say it is easier to breathe with the weight reduced off their chest. After expected general soreness for a few days, the biggest complaint I’ve gotten is that the patient wishes she had the surgery sooner.

Faster Healing With VitaMedica Vitamins

Posted on: December 14, 2012
By: DrDelgado

San Francisco breast reduction patients ask Dr. Delgado what they can do to promote faster healing after their reduction mammoplasty surgery. Dr. Delgado tells his patients that from years of observation he has discovered that the patients that take high quality vitamins heal faster and with fewer complications.

On a mission to find the best product for his patients, Dr. Delgado found that VitaMedica has a Surgery Program that meets his demands. Previously, patients have found it difficult to find a multi-vitamin that does not contain vitamin E, vitamin E needs to be avoided due to the fact it is a blood thinner, which can be dangerous during surgery. VitaMedica does not only omit vitamin E, it has additional vitamin C which aids in healing.

In addition to having superior vitamins, VitaMedica Surgery Program has Arnica Montana and Bromelain with Quercetin, that reduces inflammation and bruising.

Dr. Delgado is so convinced that the VitaMedica Surgery Program accelerates the healing process that he now includes the Program for all of his breast reduction surgery patients.

What is Recovery Like for Breast Reduction Surgery?

Posted on: December 1, 2012
By: DrDelgado

San Francisco women have asked what the recovery from breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is like so that they know what to expect and how to plan for it.

After being in recovery for a few hours and Dr. Delgado feels it is safe most women are able to go home after their breast reduction surgery. Some women choose to have additional procedures, such as a tummy tuck, (known as a Mommy Makeover), in this case the patient would be kept overnight, in the safe and monitored environment of accredited Marin Cosmetic

Surgery Center.

The patient will need to have a responsible person pick them up after surgery, and the patient will need to have assistance at home for at least the first 24 hours. Sleep elevated to reduce swelling. After 3 to 5 days, the drains will be removed (if placed), and the dressings will be changed.

Only sponge baths are permitted until 24 hours after removal of the drains, and then the patient can safely shower. There may be some discomfort for a day or two, pain medication will be prescribed for this.

Bruising and swelling are normal and usually last for about a week, but allow 2 weeks for recovery before returning to normal activities. Strenuous exercise needs to be avoided for 3 to 4 weeks.

Dr. Delgado states that his 450 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA patients say the only complaint they have is that they wish they had done it sooner!

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