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Are there any risks to breast re-construction surgery after mastectomy?

Are there any risks to breast re-construction surgery after mastectomy?

If you are in: Reasonably good health , no other systemic problem , it is reasonably low risk procedure (s) , will give you psychological boost to you , will elevate your self esteem , please consult a plastic surgeon for more information , the benefits you already know and the risks ...Read more

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Mastectomy (Definition)

A mastectomy is complete removal of all visible breast tissue. Different variations exist, some of which spare some or all of ...Read more


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Can I have my breast reconstruction done to make my breasts bigger than they were pre-mastectomy? I've always wanted  bigger breasts, but didn't want augmentation surgery. Now that I'm going to need breast reconstruction after a double mastectomy, I'd lik

Can I have my breast reconstruction done to make my breasts bigger than they were pre-mastectomy? I've always wanted  bigger breasts, but didn't want augmentation surgery. Now that I'm going to need breast reconstruction after a double mastectomy, I'd lik

Discuss with Surgeon: Discuss your goals with your plastic surgeon. It may be helpful to show him/her goal pictures. Depending on how much skin is present and what type of reconstruction you undergo, your goals made or may not be achievable. Best wishes. ...Read more

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If cancer comes back in the same breast after having breast-sparing surgery, will I need a mastectomy?

If cancer comes back in the same breast after having breast-sparing surgery, will I need a mastectomy?

Yes: After previous lumpectomy and radiation therapy, if cancer comes back on the same breast- mastectomy would likely be needed. If you were to have another lumpectomy for the local recurrence- the treatment would be suboptimal as a repeat radiation therapy likely not be recommended due to possible toxicity ( depends on how long ago the radiation was given? ). ...Read more

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had a uni skin sparing mastectomy with a free flap and nipple in the first surgery never had a second surgery for shaping, can liposuction be done on a breast that had microsurgery?

Lipo Breast Shaping: Yes Lipo can be done following a micorvascular breast reconstruction, but preferably done by your surgeon or or one that has experience in breast reconstruction and is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery ...Read more

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Does breast cancer reconstruction surgery look natural? I have to undergo a double mastectomy for breast cancer and am deciding whether to have breast cancer reconstruction surgery. Would the surgery leave my breasts feeling hard and unnatural? I might ch

Does breast cancer reconstruction surgery look natural? I have to undergo a double mastectomy for breast cancer and am deciding whether to have breast cancer reconstruction surgery. Would the surgery leave my breasts feeling hard and unnatural? I might ch

No depending on how: Tram flap with your own tissue movement to recreate your breasts may have areas of fat necrosis - hardness. Subpectoral muscle silicone implants are more natural feeling but you may get a capsule a tight feeling . Best answer-- ask your plastic surgeon his experience - they have pictures good and bad to give you an idea of results then you can make an itelligent choice of what is right. ...Read more

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Radical mastectomy is a type of surgery for breast cancer that involves removing all of the breast tissue, is this true?

Radical mastectomy is a type of surgery for breast cancer that involves removing all of the breast tissue, is this true?

Yes: A radical mastectomy is an older operation that is not performed anymore. It involved removing the entire breast, the pectoralis major muscle and all of the lymph nodes underneath the arm. A modified radical mastectomy might be what you are asking about. This operation removes the entire breast along with all of the lymph nodes underneath the arm. ...Read more

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I'm having acute pain from my radical mastectomy surgery wednesday. Normal? I have high risk breast cancer

I'm having acute pain from my radical mastectomy surgery wednesday. Normal? I have high risk breast cancer

Call your surgeon: It is normal to have some level of pain for the next few weeks after your sugery. I recommend you contact your surgeon and be evaluated. ...Read more

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If i test positive for brac gene mutation i get mastectomy with breast implantsin same surgery . How long would be in hospital ? How long until normal

If i test positive for brac gene mutation i get mastectomy with breast implantsin same surgery . How long would be in hospital ? How long until normal

VARIES: Treatment varies from hospital to hospital as well as physician to physician. Most surgeons and hospitals will do the mastectomies and reconstructions on the same day. Length of time for hospitalization and full recovery varies with the type of surgery and reconstruction done. Take it one step at a time. Get the brca test done first and see what the results show. ...Read more

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If cancer comes back in the same breast after having a breast-sparing surgery, will I need a mastectomy then? Will I be able to have breast reconstruction even though I have had radiation?

If cancer comes back in the same breast after having a breast-sparing surgery, will I need a mastectomy then? Will I be able to have breast reconstruction even though I have had radiation?

Yes: Yes to both. Since you can't have radiation twice in the same breast, most women need a mastectomy if the cancer returns after breast-sparing surgery. You have several reconstruction options after previous radiation, depending on how your breast tissue responded to radiation. Talk to a plastic surgeon about options. ...Read more

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Can capsular contracture after breast reconstruction be fixed without more surgery? I'm worried about this possible side effect of breast reconstruction. My procedure will be two stages, so between that and my original mastectomy, three surgeries is plent

Can capsular contracture after breast reconstruction be fixed without more surgery? I'm worried about this possible side effect of breast reconstruction. My procedure will be two stages, so between that and my original mastectomy, three surgeries is plent

Breast cancer: I don't want to you feel worse but it typically involves other surgery down the line for maintenance of the implants. Regardless of whether you have breast reconstruction or breast augmentation you are having a medical device. No device is interneded to be permanent. These are man made and potentially need to be replaced every 10 years. ...Read more

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