Angelina’s was back to work in four days- Surgeon

Dr Kristi Funk – who operated on the Salt star at the Pink Lotus Breast Center – said the she was already thinking about her next movie project before the post-op tubes were removed.

 

She wrote: "On day four after her mastectomies, I was pleased to find her not only in good spirits with bountiful energy, but with two walls in her house covered with freshly assembled storyboards for the next project she is directing.

"All the while she spoke, six drains dangled from her chest, three on each side, fastened to an elastic belt around her waist."

The Beverly Hills doctor put actress's swift recovery down to her positive attitude.

She said: "To a large extent, I believe recovery reflects expectation. Angelina expected to feel well, to be active."

Mother-of-six Angelina decided to have the op after being told she had a faulty gene and an 87% chance of getting breast cancer.

Dr Funk laid out the ten week timetable for the surgery – which stretched over ten weeks – beginning in February with a painful procedure known as "nipple delay", in an effort to save her nipples.

She said the reconstructive surgery began the day after her home visit.

She revealed: "The next day she had her first injection of saline into the expanders, thus beginning the process that would gradually prepare the tissues for the final stage of her operations, reconstruction. Four of the six drains were removed.

"Four days after that, on postoperative day nine, the last two drains were removed. A second saline fill occurred on March 4. Over the next four weeks she was hard at work.

"The final operation occurred on April 27, 2013, ten weeks after the mastectomies: reconstruction of the breasts with implant, which went extremely well, bringing an end to her surgical journey."

While praising the star's bravery, she added: "Surgery will not necessarily be the right choice for everyone.

"As Angelina says in her article, the important thing is to be aware of your options."

Last night Angelina's father, Jon Voight, said his daughter's article was the first he know of the operation and he was "as surprised as anyone."

Culled from the Sun