Laparoscopic Breast Cancer Surgery

Laparoscopy is also used in breast cancer surgery. During the procedure, your surgeon makes a small incision and inserts a tube through which the laparoscope is introduced into the breast tissue. The camera displays images onto a large screen. This will guide your surgeon during the procedure. After the procedure, the incisions are closed with stitches and covered with bandages. A laparoscopic procedure requires a shorter hospital stay, lesser post-operation pain and faster recovery. The length of your hospital stay will depend on the type of procedure you have and how quickly you recover. For example, the average hospital stay for a laparoscopic rectopexy ranges from one to two days, and up to three days for a laparoscopic bowel resection. Most women can start to get back to normal activities within 6 to 8 weeks. If implants are used without flaps, your recovery time may be shorter. Some things to keep in mind: Reconstruction does not restore normal feeling to your breast, but some feelings may return over a period of years.

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