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Reconstructive surgery is a procedure performed on abnormal structures of the body caused by congenital defects, developmental abnormalities, diseases, infections, traumas or tumors.
Reconstructive surgery restores the form and function of the body dealing with birth defects, complex wounds and other injuries.
Reconstructive surgery is generally performed to improve function but it can also improve physical appearance. Whether due to cancer or some traumatic injury, a reconstructive procedure can make a huge difference with the latest technology and a skillful surgeon. Traumatic injuries to the head and neck, including a serious burn or wound can be dealt with. Reconstructive surgery can be a breast reconstruction after a lumpectomy or mastectomy. Typically, reconstructive surgeries are considered medically necessary.
Here are some of the more common types of reconstructive surgery:
Cosmetic surgery reshapes and adjusts normal anatomy for more visually appeals to your body. It is not medically necessary but can greatly enhance a person’s life. Examples of cosmetic procedures include breast augmentation, breast lift, facelift, liposuction and a tummy tuck. There are similarities between reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery because the underlying surgical principles are comparable. For example, rhinoplasty can restore normal nasal breathing and enhance the appearance of your nose.
You are a good candidate if you are in good physical health, a non-smoker and realistic about the risks and results of a reconstructive surgery in Philadelphia and the Main Line.
Like any surgery, there are some risks with a reconstructive surgery, including a bad reaction to anesthesia, bleeding, blood clots, infection, itchy scars, numbness, and movement of an implant.
It depends on what type of reconstructive surgery you get done. Your doctors will provide post-op recommendations, including physical therapy, medications, diet, and rest. It is important to follow your doctor’s advice following a major surgery because it can greatly affect your recovery. Sometimes, if the recovery time is long, some patients return to work sooner than expected. There can be pressure from your boss to return to work or it could be a financial decision. However, shortening your recovery time could result in more problems such as developing deep vein thrombosis. You need to be fully recovered before you can focus on work again.
Make sure you take all of your pain medications as prescribed. The medication can help you deal with the kind of discomfort that interferes with appetite, mobility and sleep. Your doctor will likely recommend that you go for short walks to get your blood circulation flowing and get your muscles moving again. Gentle mobility after surgery can prevent issues such as blood clots and pulmonary embolism. Going for a walk has been known to strengthen your immunity system and give you some energy as well as help with digestion.
During your recovery, driving can be an issue, especially if you have a long commute to work. While your body is recovering, your reaction is not as 100% as it normally would be and medications may also have an impact. You may consider carpooling or using a Uber service or public transit.
You will definitely want to avoid strenuous exercises and be aware of not getting up and moving too fast or lifting heavy objects. This is especially important if you are recovering from a heart attack or cardiovascular surgery. If your doctor recommends physical therapy, attend every session in order to regain your full strength and mobility. The more physical therapy you can do, the faster and stronger you will recovery.
“I did a lot of research before choosing a surgeon. I like and trust Dr. Morgenstern as he is artistic, he aims for a natural look and gives attention to detail. Dr. Morgenstern is a perfectionist.”