How Painful is Mastectomy and Implant Reconstruction? Article
I was just reading a new Medscape article titled "Breast Surgery May Be a Gateway to Addictive Medication Use" about women becoming addicted to medication after breast surgery. A quote from that article: "'I wonder if perhaps we should not be giving opioids at all to certain patients. For example, a mastectomy and implant reconstruction, oftentimes, surprisingly, that's not a terribly painful procedure. But a TRAM [transverse rectus abdominis] flap or abdominal flap, that really is,' commented press conference comoderator C. Kent Osborne, MD, of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston."
I was in a lot of pain after my mastectomy, I think mostly from the sub-pec tissue expanders. I was on opioids for three weeks, and can't imagine how I would have felt without them. I just wanted to post here and ask others about their pain levels from mastectomy and implant reconstruction.
Link to the article: https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/942461?src=wn...