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Reconstructive Surgery

What you need to know about reconstructive surgery

The purpose of reconstructive surgery is to repair a body part or facial feature. Often taking place after an accident, illness or trauma of some sort, reconstructive surgery attempts to restore the body part to its original state. Reconstructive surgery can also help to repair a deformity that may be from birth.

Before going through a procedure, it is important that you have the proper reconstructive surgery information. You will want to understand what the surgery will be like, possible complications and side effects, and what to expect after the surgery. You will also want information about potential choices for your surgeon, and how often they have performed the procedure that you are planning to have done.

Types of Reconstructive Surgery

There are many children in this country who are born with cleft lips or cleft palates. Reconstructive facial surgery can correct this. Reconstructive facial surgery may be performed on children or adults. Most people who undergo facial reconstructive surgery have developmental or congenital deformities. As a result of these deformities, they often have psychological problems, and are very self-conscious about their looks. The reconstructive facial surgery changes their lives in a huge way, and they usually need help to get used to their new looks. Reconstructive facial surgery has also been a great help to people with neck and head cancers.

There are a few reasons for vaginal reconstructive surgery. One is to control the leaking of urine from the bladder. Some women find that when they laugh or sneeze, their bladder leaks. One way to fix this is to have a sling implanted. This sling makes the urethra tighter and prevents urine leaks. Another form of vaginal reconstructive surgery involves the tightening of the vaginal muscles and tissue. This is often a problem that women have after multiple child births. The tightening can make a woman's sex life better, and help her to feel better about herself. The procedure takes about an hour to an hour and a half.

After a woman has had a mastectomy, breast reconstructive surgery is an option. The surgery can even be done at the same time as the mastectomy. The breast reconstruction can be done using implants, or a new breast can be built using tissue from another location on the woman's body. It will feel more natural than an implant. Having the surgery at the same time as the mastectomy means only one surgery instead of two, but does not allow that woman to adjust to the extreme situation of having lost her breast. She must also deal with cancer and reconstruction at the same time. The new breast may also interfere with the cancer therapy. Each situation is different, and must be decided by the woman and her surgeon.

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