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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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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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What exactly does a breast reconstruction tissue expander do? It's been almost a year since my mastectomy. During my breast reconstruction consultation, my surgeon mentioned using a tissue expander to make room for my new breast. How does this work? .

What exactly does a breast reconstruction tissue expander do? It's been almost a year since my mastectomy. During my breast reconstruction consultation, my surgeon mentioned using a tissue expander to make room for my new breast. How does this work?

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It Expands..: After a mastectomy, assuming you are going to have an implant reconstruction, a space needs to be created to accomodate a soft implant. A tissue expander is like a deflated balloon that the doctor pumps up in their office (usually weekly) afte putting it in flat. It creates the space for a permanent implant to be put later. ...Read more

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Diagnosing Breast Lumps (Checklist)

Check yourself after your period
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Check daily in shower after soaping up
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Learn the architecture of your breasts by repetition
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Observe skin around nipples
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Does the same surgeon who does the mastectomy also do the breast reconstruction? I got a referral to an excellent surgeon for my mastectomy, and during the consult, he told me I should think about whether i want an immediate breast reconstruction. It didn

Does the same surgeon who does the mastectomy also do the breast reconstruction? I got a referral to an excellent surgeon for my mastectomy, and during the consult, he told me I should think about whether i want an immediate breast reconstruction. It didn

No,a plastic surgeon: No, usually your breast oncologic surgeon performs the mastectomy and refres you for reconstruction to a plastic & reconstructive surgeon.An immediate breast reconstruction is a common procedure that is performed at the same time as the mastectomy.The type of surgery varies depending on your choice, your body size and shape and your plastic surgeon.Creation of a breast mound is the first operation. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have breast reconstruction done at the same time as a mastectomy? My surgeon has said we can do the mastectomy and then immediately do the breast reconstruction. I like the idea, but am worried about the extra time that would take. Is it saf

Is it safe to have breast reconstruction done at the same time as a mastectomy? My surgeon has said we can do the mastectomy and then immediately do the breast reconstruction. I like the idea, but am worried about the extra time that would take. Is it saf

Yes: An expander can be placed at the time of mastectomy. This is a temporary space filler that allows you to complete chemo and/or radiation and then complete the final reconstruction months later. This is know as immediate-delayed reconstruction. Speak with the breast surgeon and plastic surgeon for details. ...Read more

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Diagnosing Breast Lumps (Checklist)

Seek immediate evaluation by your physician
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Have diagnostic mammography, ultrasound or MRI if recommended
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Remember most breast lumps are benign
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Can care less about having breasts. Will a surgeon perform a mastectomy on me for the purposes of helping my back pain?

Can care less about having breasts. Will a surgeon perform a mastectomy on me for the purposes of helping my back pain?

Breast reduction: Your complaint is actually not uncommon. Get a referral to a plastic surgeon and they will explain the process to get this procedure approved. ...Read more

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Diagnosing Breast Lumps (Checklist)

Perform monthly self breast exams.
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See your doctor immediately if breast lump found.
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Yearly breast exams after age 40 by your doctor.
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Yearly mammograms after age 40.
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Why is it that surgeons cut across the breast area when doing a mastectomy?

Why is it that surgeons cut across the breast area when doing a mastectomy?

Transverse incision: is more popular than oblique (cut) it is more cosmetically better accepted by woman , can wear low cut dress with out showing the scar , will make breast reconstruction easy , will have less tension so less pain and heals better ...Read more

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