Surgery to the other breast

For many women, the small differences between their remaining and reconstructed breasts are not noticeable when they wear a bra. For others, the difference in breast size may be more obvious.

Some women decide to have the remaining breast made smaller or larger through surgery to match the reconstructed breast and improve balance and posture.

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Bilateral mastectomy

Some women may be advised or choose to have a bilateral mastectomy. This means both breasts are surgically removed.

Reasons a bilateral mastectomy may be recommended include:

  • the type of breast cancer you have
  • your risks and/or anxiety about developing another breast cancer
  • family history or a gene fault that increases your risk for breast cancer
  • the amount of surgery required to achieve a symmetrical result with the breast reconstruction
  • choosing an abdominal flap reconstruction but not being able to repeat the procedure if cancer develops in the other breast.

Reconstruction will need to be considered for both breasts. Discuss this issue with your doctor and seek a second opinion if you wish.


Therapeutic mammaplasty

This procedure combines a lumpectomy (lump removal) with a breast reduction. It is often used as an alternative to mastectomy in suitable cases.

Usually a reduction mammaplasty is done on the other breast at the same time.


Taking care of yourself after a reconstruction

Your recovery time will depend on your age, general health and the type of surgery that you had. Most women feel better within 1–2 weeks and should be able to fully return to normal activities after 4–8 weeks.

Rest — When you get home from hospital, you will need to take things easy for the first weeks. Ask family and friends to help you with chores so you can rest.

Driving — You will probably need to avoid driving for 2–6 weeks after the surgery.

Lifting — Avoid repetitive arm movements, such as hanging out washing or vacuuming, and heavy lifting, including carrying shopping bags and lifting small children.

Tummy problems — After TRAM flap surgery you may have some weakness in your abdomen. Take care getting up from a low chair or sitting up in bed. You will be encouraged to wear supportive undergarments.

Follow-up appointments — Your surgeon will continue to care for you until your body has healed. Then you will have regular check-ups with your breast specialist. For more on this go to Looking After Yourself.


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To download an EPUB file to your Kobo from a Windows computer:

  • download and save the EPUB directly onto your desktop.
  • connect your Kobo to your computer using the USB cable and tap “Connect” on your eReader.
  • select “Open folder to view files” to view the contents of your Kobo.
  • navigate to where you have stored your EPUB file in “Finder”, in documents or downloads, and drag and drop it into the Kobo window. You can now disconnect your Kobo to read the eBook.

To download an EPUB to your Kobo from a Mac:

  • download and save the EPUB directly onto your desktop.
  • connect your Kobo to your computer using the USB cable and tap “Connect” on your eReader.
  • open your “Finder” application.
  • select “Kobo eReader” from the listed devices to view the contents of your Kobo.
  • navigate to where you have stored your EPUB file in “Finder”, probably in documents or downloads, and drag and drop it into the Kobo window. You can now disconnect your Kobo to read the eBook.

Turn on your Kobo and your EPUB will be located in “eBooks”, while a PDF will be located in “Documents”.
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Sony Reader

To download an EPUB file on your Sony Reader™:

  • ensure you have already installed the Reader™ Library for PC/Mac software
  • select the eBook you want from our website and click the link to download it.
  • connect the Reader™ to your computer.
  • open the Reader™ Library software and click “Library” in the left-hand pane and select the eBook to view it.

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Amazon Kindle 2nd Generation devices

EPUB files can’t be read on the Amazon Kindle™. However, like most eReaders, Kindle™ 2nd Generation devices are able to display PDFs. We recommend that you download the PDF version of this booklet if you would like to read it on a Kindle™.
To transfer a PDF to your Kindle™ via USB cable from your computer or Mac:

  • download the PDF directly onto your computer.
  • connect the USB cable to your computer’s USB port, and the micro USB end of the cable to your Kindle™. Note: the Kindle™ won’t be available as a reading device while it is connected to your computer until it has been disconnected.
  • open the Kindle™ drive and several folders will appear inside. The “Documents” folder is where you will need to copy or drag the PDF to.
  • safely eject your Kindle™ from your computer and unplug the USB cable. Your content will appear on the Home Screen.

Kindle also provides a Kindle Personal Documents Service that allows users to send documents as an attachment directly to your eReader. For more information on this service, visit http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=help_search_1-1?ie=UTF8&nodeId=200767340&qid=1395967989&sr=1-1
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Android and PC

You can also download and open eBooks on Android devices and PCs with appropriate apps or software installed. Suitable eReader apps for Android include Google Play Books, FBReader and Moon+ Reader. Suitable software for PCs include Calibre and Adobe Digital Editions.


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