Normal pain vs. warning signs in reconstructed breast?

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Question from SIONA: I have had a mastectomy with immediate reconstruction 4 months ago. What are considered to be normal pains in the reconstructed breast, and what are warning signs?
Answers - Kristin Brill, M.D., F.A.C.S. Occasional pains, sensitivity, or twinges at the reconstruction site are normal. Some of this is very individual, and some dependent on the type of reconstruction. With good physical therapy and post-op care it should be tolerable and improve over time. While we don't do imaging routinely on the reconstructed breast, we do examine the breast visually and with palpation to look for any issues with healing or any signs of recurrence.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called After Surgery: Short-Term and Long-Term Effects featured Kristin Brill, M.D., F.A.C.S. and Linda Miller, P.T. answering your questions about short-term and long-term side effects of breast surgery, and what you can do about them.

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