RAPID RECOVERY TECHNIQUE
Dr Daniel Fleming introduced the Rapid Recovery Technique to Australia and other surgeons who wish to offer their patients the best service have now adopted it.
Based on an article by Texas plastic surgeon Dr John Tebbets, the Rapid Recovery Technique achieves a predictable 24-hour return to normal activities in 90% of patients, with the exception of gym, aerobics, contact sports and lifting heavy objects.
The critical element of the technique is a method of dissection of the implant pocket that aims to reduce blood loss to only 1ml or less per side. If achieved, this reduces post-operative inflammation and therefore pain. A dry operating field is necessary and local anaesthetic is only used for the skin incision, if needed at all. A light general anaesthesia keeps the patient asleep and relaxes the pectoral muscles if necessary. Special instruments and operating techniques are used to dramatically reduce the amount of bleeding, which causes less pain and therefore less medication is needed. This also contributes to a quicker recovery as painkillers stronger than paracetamol can cause side effects.
Dr Fleming has used this technique for many years on thousands of patients who have experienced a significant reduction in blood loss and a substantial reduction in recovery time. While no patients can be promised a 24 hour recovery time, many experience this and a typical patient can go shopping, out to dinner, or drive a car within 48 hours. Additionally, we have surveyed our patients and approximately 50% only need paracetamol to manage any discomfort.
If you wish to hear from our patients about their experience with the Rapid Recovery Technique you can see the interviews here.
Here is a breakdown of how the traditional recovery technique compares to the Rapid Recovery Technique