What is the included in the postoperative care following breast reconstruction with acellular dermis?

Updated: Jul 29, 2021
  • Author: John Y S Kim, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: James Neal Long, MD, FACS  more...
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Postoperatively, the drains should remain in place until the output is less than 30 mL in 24 hours; this typically takes 7-10 days. Routine postoperative antibiotic prophylaxis should be given.

For patients with tissue expanders, serial expansions should be initiated after the incision has healed, which is typically 2-3 weeks after the operation. The volumes of serial tissue expansions and the intervals between them are determined by the surgeon on a per-patient basis. Patient discomfort and tissue tightness are the primary concerns taken into consideration.

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