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What are the known risks of breast reconstruction?

What are the known risks of breast reconstruction?

Depends on Method: The two types of reconstruction are "flap" procedures, where tissue is transferred from the abdomen or back to the chest, or implants. Both have low risks of bleeding, infection, fluid build-up, etc. The flap procedure runs the small risk of failure; the implants can cause hardening around the capsule or even rupture. In general, these are low-risk procedures in healthy women. ...Read more

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Dr. Minas Chrysopoulo
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Breast Reconstruction (Definition)

Breasts can be reconstructed using implants or a patients own tissue. If you use your own tissue either a flap (attached to the body) or free fat can be transfered to the breast. Using your own tissue requires a donor site on your body. Implants can be used to replace the lost breast tissue. The implant is placed under the breast muscle. Nipples and areola ...Read more


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Could anyone give advice on breast reconstruction?

Could anyone give advice on breast reconstruction?

Breast Cancer: The reconstructive technique used works in concert with the mastectomy performed by the breast surgeon. Problems related to surgery are not to be minimized but are the same for virtually every procedure. Specific operations have specific risk such as a mastectomy can result in some skin loss. An infection can lead to removal of an implant. A fat injection can clump and lead to necrosis. ...Read more

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What are pros and cons for breast reconstruction.?

What are pros and cons for breast reconstruction.?

For cancer or want?: Presuming for cancer: PROS: Improved body image, better fit for clothing, sense of "wholeness," giving symmetry to chest, psychological improvement, reducing grief over loss of "womanhood," and control over your treatment. CONS: Extensive surgery which may affect other areas, sometimes several surgeries, risk of complications, asymmetry, infection, unhappiness with results, cost. Good luck! ...Read more

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In what cases would a person get breast reconstruction surgery?

In what cases would a person get breast reconstruction surgery?

Breast reconstructio: Breast reconstruction is most commonly done after mastectomy or lumpectomy and radiation for breast cancer. Breast reconstruction may also be required after trauma, burns, severe infection, and congenital disorders, such as poland's syndrome. ...Read more

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Why might I need breast reconstruction surgery?

Why might I need breast reconstruction surgery?

To Rebuild a Breast: Breast reconstruction is the rebuilding of a breast, usually after surgery for breast cancer (mastectomy or lumpectomy), or surgery to prevent breast cancer ("prophylactic mastectomy"). Non-cancer related reasons to need breast reconstruction include congenital breast absence (eg poland's syndrome), and to reconstruct after mastectomy performed for severe infection or tumors like phyllodes. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of breast reconstruction?

What are the side effects of breast reconstruction?

Can be complicated: There are many different techniques of breast reconstruction. Simply put, reconstruction following mastectomy for breast cancer can be a very positive procedure for women facing breast cancer treatment. Reconstruction involves stages, can begin immediately or later after mastectomy and involves the use of implants or of body tissue or both. Side effects are similar to most surgeries. ...Read more

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What are the risks and benefits of immediate breast reconstruction if I have a masectomy?

What are the risks and benefits of immediate breast reconstruction if I have a masectomy?

Depends: Risks are specific to the type of reconstruction performed. However, there is always a risk of partial loss of breast skin if the breast surgeon creates flaps of skin that are too thin. This is a serious risk if tissue expansion is to be performed, as the expander could be exposed and become infected if the skin partially becomes necrotic. ...Read more

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Is it normal to leave a breast expander in for 11 months for a breast reconstruction for a 34 b size without complications, no chemo no tissue probs?

In some cases: There are indications to leave an expander in for a longer time than usual. Especially if you are undergoing chemo or radio therapy treatments . Unless there are infections or soft tissue problems it should not cause any long term issues. This is something you need to discuss with your plastic surgeon, so as to plan your subsequent procedures. ...Read more

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If I am advised to have a mastectomy, what are the risks and benefits of immediate breast reconstruction?

Immediate breast rec: The benefits of immediate reconstruction include the amount of skin available to cover a flap, or implants, the reduced number of surgeries, the psychological benefit, and perhaps, superior cosmetics. The downside is a higher risk of complications, and possible changes in therapy, such as radiation, based on the final pathology, that may affect the quality of the reconstruction. ...Read more

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How long after breast reconstruction implants placed after 4 months of tissue expanders does the swelling go completely down?

Varies: Most swelling after surgery resolves by 6 weeks or so. However, a lot depends on what was performed exactly. Swapping out expanders for implants is usually quite straight forward. Sometimes more extensive surgery is required for the best results eg removing scar tissue, reshaping (internal, external, or both), fat grafting, etc. Your plastic surgeon will know best for your specific situation. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more