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Breast Pain After Mastectomy
Besides birth control pills, what TX is there for fibrocystic breasts? Is prophylactic mastectomy ever used when BC is not effective for breast pain?
Breast pain is common. It is typically experienced during the menstrual period. Pain can range from mild tenderness, burning, dull ache, sharp or stabbing. It can be experienced in 1 or both breasts. Fibrocystic changes is the most common cause of breast pain. Hormonal medications (birth control, hormones) can cause pain as well. Infection ...Read more
Could a tumor have grown in my breast implant after my mastectomy to cause my implant to pop? The implant suddenly appeared flat and causes pain.
Varies w/technique: In general, there are two reconstruction options: (1)tissue expanders to stretch the skin of the chest wall, followed by implants(2)tissue transfer, where skin, fat(+/-muscle) are brought over to the chest wall from the abdomen or back. Both of these options can look very natural (esp w/nipple-areolar sparing surgery). Option (2) feels more natural but w/limited sensation (&bigger operation). ...Read more
Breast surgery: Although we can provide very good results with a number of techniques it depends on a number of factors. Please get a consult! ...Read more
Various techniques: Techniques for breast reconstruction have changed over the years. Most reconstruction is implant based -- either using a tissue expander to help stretch the muscle and skin before using an implant, or direct to implant reconstruction. Surgeons can also use flaps which transfer soft tissue, +/- skin, +/- muscle. These may come from the belly, the back the buttocks or the thighs. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Maybe: It depends on the type of reconstruction technique, timing of it, and scar already on the chest wall. Immediate reconstruction after skin sparing mastectomy gives the best result cosmetically, but if delayed reconstruction is known at the time of mastectomy a skin sparing technique can also be used which will look better. Nipple spring technique is also becoming more popular. ...Read more
Please help! what is the oldest age a woman can't receive reconstruction of breast after mastectomy?
Breast surgery: It is not your age but your health! ...Read more
Can care less about having breasts. Will a surgeon perform a mastectomy on me for the purposes of helping my back pain?
Your surgeon: Should provide you with option of immediate post-mastectomy reconstruction, if it is technically feasible. If, for whatever reason, you do not-or did not-have this option, you probably should wait one year after your last treatment, whether it was mastectomy or radiation treatment. Consult a reconstructive plastic surgeon for specific opinion in your case. ...Read more
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