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Preparation and Recovery

This section outlines the many options available and information about reconstructing breasts following mastectomy.

Preparing for surgery

Facing surgery can be unsettling and cause for anxiety. But you can take actions to prepare and to feel more comfortable and in control.

Make sure that your health care plan has approved your procedure, facility and surgeon. Eat nutritiously and exercise daily. If needed, make arrangements for childcare and pet care during your hospitalization and recovery. Take long walks, meditate, utilize deep breathing or talk to a counselor or trusted friend to manage stress. Understand what to expect in the hospital and during recovery to combat fear of the unknown.

Talk to other women who have had the same procedure; ask your surgeon for patient referrals or use our Message Boards and review our mastectomy surgery check-list. The Breast Reconstruction Guidebook also has information about what to expect before, during and after surgery. 

Updated 04/20/2018

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