Preoperative painkillers can speed recovery from breast reconstruction

Many doctors and patients see breast reconstruction after mastectomy as part of the healing process, but recovery can be long and painful. Patients in a study at Women's College Hospital in Toronto who were given a combination of painkillers prior to reconstruction using the transverse rectus abdominis myocutaneous flap procedure, which involves using skin, fat and muscle from the abdomen to construct a new breast, had less postoperative pain and shorter hospital stays, team leader and Chief of Surgery Dr. John Semple said.

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