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How is breast reconstruction done after mastectomy?

How is breast reconstruction done after mastectomy?

Lots of ways: There are many options these days for reconstruction; some simple and some complex depending on each patients needs and desires. Talk with a plastic surgeon or try www.Plasticsurgery.Org. Good luck. ...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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How do surgeons reconstruct the breast after mastectomy?

How do surgeons reconstruct the breast after mastectomy?

Implants v. "Flaps": In general, there are two different techniques for reconstruction following a mastectomy. In one, tissue expanders are placed under the chest wall muscles and then are slowly expanded over months until "new" skin forms; they are then removed and replaced by implants. The other technique involves transferring tissue from one part of the body such as the abdominal wall or back to the chest wall. ...Read more

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How is breast reconstruction done after tumor removal?

How is breast reconstruction done after tumor removal?

Lots of options: Basically there are 2 options for breast reconstruction after tumor resection. Option #1 is to move some of the patient's own tissue from another site to the breast. This is a great option, but not for everyone, as the surgery can be long and complicated. Option #2 is to use a breast implant to replace the missing breast tissue. Best to discuss with a board certified plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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What causes hematoma after mastectomy with reconstruction surgery?

What causes hematoma after mastectomy with reconstruction surgery?

Blood: After mastectomy then reconstruction that gets a hematoma is caused by blood. The blood vessels supply oxygen to the breast tissue. This can occur with any surgery and will most likely resolve on its own. It may require drainage. Talk to your surgeon and they will discuss it with you. ...Read more

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How noticeable is reconstructive surgery after a double mastectomy?

Variable: There are a lot of variables involved but in general a double mastectomy is a good situation for reconstruction. That is because it is easier to create two similar breasts than to have to match an existing breast. If possible learn about your reconstruction options before the mastectomy. ...Read more

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What are the current breast reconstruction techniques after breast cancer surgery?

What are the current breast reconstruction techniques after breast cancer surgery?

Flap or implant: Basically - you can use your own tissue or reconstruct with a breast implant. There are several options when your own tissue is used including tram (uses the rectus muscle in the abdomen with attached skin and fat), latissimus (the muscle going from shoulder to back - usually for relatively small defects), diep (uses skin and fat on abdomen, but preserves the muscle). ...Read more

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Is breast augmentation surgery painful?

Is breast augmentation surgery painful?

Moderately: Discomfort after breast augmentation surgery varies but most patients will need prescription strength pain medication for about 3 days. ...Read more

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Surgical clip left after Diep surgery?

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Surgical clip left after Diep surgery?

Surgical clip: in surgery we intentionally leave clips behind on bleeding vessels. Nothing abnormal in a clip left behind. ...Read more

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Should I consider breast reconstruction after masectomy?

Should I consider breast reconstruction after masectomy?

Personal choice: Breast reconstruction isn't for everyone but it certainly offers several benefits. The most significant benefit is not having to experience living without a breast. Reconstruction can be performed at the same time as the mastectomy ("immediate reconstruction"), or any time after ("delayed reconstruction"). There are many reconstructive options ranging from breast implants to using your own tissue. ...Read more

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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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What is involved with post mastectomy breast reconstruction?

What is involved with post mastectomy breast reconstruction?

Multiple steps: There are several reconstructive options which can be performed at the same time as mastectomy or any time later. Not everyone is a candidate for immediate reconstruction. Options range from breast implants to "flap" surgery which use the patient's own tissue to recreate a "natural", warm, soft breast. The nipple and areola can also be reconstructed. Typically more than one surgery is required. ...Read more

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How effective is reconstructive surgery after a double mastectomy?

How effective is reconstructive surgery after a double mastectomy?

Often very effective: There are many choices available now for women who opt for reconstruction and it is important to seek the opinion of a plastic surgeon with experience in this area. The results will depend on many factors including whether or not you are a smoker and if you receive chemotherapy or radiation therapy. It is important to be realistic - it is not just the same as getting breast implants. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time after breast reconstruction surgery?

What is the recovery time after breast reconstruction surgery?

2-6 weeks depending: There are many different types of breast reconstruction procedure including breast implants and various techniques that use our own tissue (flaps and fat grafting). Recovery time and time off work vary based on the complexity of the surgery (2-6 weeks). The more complex flap procedures (like the diep or gap flap) usually require 4-6 weeks off work (i recommend you plan for 6 weeks to be safe). ...Read more

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Is breast augmentation or reconstruction risky?

Is breast augmentation or reconstruction risky?

Benefits > risks: Every surgery has risks and benefits, so it comes down to what we call the risk/benefit ratio. Silicone breast implants have been studied more than any other medical device and the fda has confirmed that they are safe and effective. Thre are a lot of things to consider however so you should discuss your concerns with your plastic surgeon in detail. ...Read more

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Is a breast reconstruction recommended after a mastectomy?

Is a breast reconstruction recommended after a mastectomy?

Up to the patient: This is a complex question, but in almost all cases the choice is up to the patient. Reconstruction can be done at the time of mastectomy or later on; both have advantages and disadvantages. I would recommend consultation with one or more plastic surgeons experienced in breast reconstruction to explore the options in your particular case. ...Read more

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After breast augmentation has the surgery affected nipple sensation?

After breast augmentation has the surgery affected nipple sensation?

It is possible: One of the potential risks of breast augmentation surgery is decrease or loss of nipple sensation. The published risk is about 10%. The nerve that gives the nipple sensation can be injured when the pocket that will contain the implant is created. If the nerve is injured or worse yet cut, there may be temporary or permanent loss of nipple sensation. ...Read more

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Do men have cosmetic surgery after a mastectomy?

Do men have cosmetic surgery after a mastectomy?

Depends: It depends on the extent of the mastectomy, often times the surgery is done by a plastic surgeon so the closure is done well. ...Read more

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Breast implant removal --is it major surgery?

Breast implant removal --is it major surgery?

Ruptured or not.: Removal of an uncomplicated saline or silicone implant can be simple and performed under a straight local anesthetic if a capsulectomy is not required. Severe capsular contractures, pocket transitions, delayed silicone ruptures, textured implants, etc can present with various clinical pictures that may be significantly more complicated and may require more extensive surgical procedures. ...Read more

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