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Your child will remain in the hospital overnight to a couple of days following the procedure.
Most children will fully recover in one month and can resume some normal activities. Your child’s pediatric surgeon can advise on what sports are allowed.
Below, find answers to commonly asked questions. Click each item to expand the Q&A for each section.
Q: What does the procedure involve?
With the child being completely asleep under general anesthesia, the pediatric surgeon makes a small incision at the areola (dark portion of the nipple region). The fibrous or glandular breast tissue is removed, along with tissue that runs from the chest toward the armpit. In some cases, the surgeon may leave a small drainage tube in place while the skin grows back at the incision site. The chest may also be wrapped to help prevent fluid build-up from post-operative bleeding. A small portion of breast tissue will remain under the nipple so that it does not invert.
Q: How many incisions are made?
One or two incisions are made in the chest.
Q: How long will my child stay in the hospital?
Children normally stay overnight to a couple of days in the hospital.
Q: What is the recovery time?
Most children feel better within the first week, but it takes a few weeks to fully recover. Until then, activities, especially on the surgery side of the chest, must be restricted as advised by your pediatric surgeon.
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