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A recent study found that giving antibiotics after breast reconstruction surgery does not lower the risk of infections.
Breast reconstruction surgery is a medical procedure used to restore the appearance of a breast removed or damaged due to breast cancer or other conditions. The procedure can involve using implants, the patient’s own tissue, or a combination of both.
Traditionally, patients have been given antibiotics to prevent infections and implant rejection.
However, the study shows no significant difference in infection rates between patients who received antibiotics and who didn’t. In fact, patients who received antibiotics had a higher rate of adverse reactions, such as allergies and infections with antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
The authors hope their findings will encourage surgeons to consider changing their practices to reduce the risk of adverse reactions to antibiotics.
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