Recovery time varies based on the patient. Since many women come in with their immune systems already suppressed it may require a bit longer to recover. In general, recovery from breast implant removal surgery will take in the range of one to four weeks. Symptoms related to autoimmune disorders require longer periods. Drains may be used in the case of rupture, obvious infection, or complicated surgery like some en bloc capsulotomies. These options will be discussed with you prior to your surgery, and Dr. Whitfield will give you specific instructions for your recovery before your surgery.
Dr. Whitfield believes it is very important to help you uncover the information you need about the issues that led to your breast removal surgery. Following your surgery, Dr. Whitfield will take samples for bacterial and fungal analysis to evaluate for implant-related inflammation. The capsule will also be sent for testing, to rule out BIA-ALCL, or other potentially malignancies - like breast cancer.
The bacterial and fungal analysis to identify these conditions is performed with a PCR test. You may have heard of PCR testing, because it is the same type of test that is used to detect COVID-19. PCR testing is the most reliable method of testing we have for determining the presence of abnormalities in the body, because it searches for the specific types of genetic material that the bacteria and fungi associated with implant-related inflammation produce. Dr. Whitfield may also refer this information to other providers to conduct tests on environmental, diet, and nutritional factors where you decide it is appropriate. If the procedure is done at the surgery center, the implants will then be returned to you if you desire.