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Is a breast reduction safe?
I had shingles, now I have post neuralgic severe pain. My breasts are heavy and I can't wear a bra, it's too painful. I am 73 and I have a breast reduction scheduled. Is there anything to worry about? How soon can I drive, swim and oil paint? I am an artist and I use my right arm 95% of the time. Of course the shingles were on my right upper arm and right breast. Thank you
Please address your concerns with your surgeon first before your operation. Many times patients with a history of severe shingles will be given medication BEFORE surgery to prevent a recurrence. Best,
Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS