Getting a mastectomy is scary for any woman. This procedure reduces the risk of breast cancer by removing the tissue on one or both breasts. One famous example is Angelina Jolie who explained why she got a preventive double mastectomy in her 2013 New York Times op-ed. Likewise, recent statistics also show that the number of women who get double mastectomies have tripled in the last decade.

While women who undergo this operation are aware of its benefits, there are also precautions, especially when they get breast reconstructive surgery. The New York Times points out that these women suffer side effects that they weren’t aware of.