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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