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Breast Reduction Surgery A Personal Choice

 SIU Plastic Surgery March 08, 2015
By Franziska Huettner, MD, PhD, SIU Plastic Surgery

Are you a woman who suffers from chronic shoulder pain? Do you also have pain in your neck and back which physical therapy has not been able to help?  Do you have rashes under your breasts which topical treatments haven’t eliminated?  Do you have grooves in your shoulders from your bra straps?   Do you have trouble finding a bra that fits and doesn’t cost a fortune? 

If you answer yes to any of these questions, you may benefit from breast reduction surgery. This procedure removes excess breast tissue and skin to achieve a breast size in proportion with your body and helps reduce the discomfort associated with overly large breasts. For many, it also promotes self-confidence and a more active life style.

Patients are often not aware that their health insurance will cover this procedure. They believe they have to live with a large amount of excessive breast tissue. In reality, most patients meet insurance criteria and do get approved for surgery.

The surgery can be performed on an outpatient basis or may require an overnight stay, which is determined on an individual basis. According to most patients, the pain postoperatively is minimal and certainly much less than expected. Patients usually return to work within 1 to 2 weeks after surgery, depending on their occupation.

When patients are asked following surgery why they waited so long in life to be evaluated for surgery, most of the time they say that they didn’t know this was an option for them. Overly large breasts might have been given to you, but that does not mean you have to live with them. 

Most of the patients are happy to wear normal size bras and clothes again, to be able to return to a more active life style, and not to suffer from shoulder, neck and back pain, or to have rashes the way they did before.

Our team at the Institute for Plastic Surgery at SIU School of Medicine would be happy to help you along the way, from the first phone call to schedule your consultation appointment until you are released from our care.

For more information, contact Dr. Franziska Huettner, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Institute for Plastic Surgery, SIU School of Medicine, 217-545-6314, www.siumed.edu/plasticsurgery.

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March 08, 2015

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