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What type of exercises should I avoid 6 yrs after breast reconstruction using the latissimus muscle?

What type of exercises should I avoid 6 yrs after breast reconstruction using the latissimus muscle?

Swimming: If the lats were used to reconstruct your breasts, swimming suchs as front crawl may exacerbate pain symtpoms. breast stroke, reverse stroke and doggy paddling should all be well tolerated. In addition, I would not recommend excessive pullup or lat- pull downs ...Read more

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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When should you consider breast reconstruction?

When should you consider breast reconstruction?

As soon as possible: I understand that receiving a breast cancer diagnosis is very difficult. That being said, as soon as you speak to your breast cancer surgeon, you should always inquire about the options for reconstruction, even if you are having breast conserving surgery. You may consider to have a procedure to match your other breast to the affected side. ...Read more

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When should someone have breast reconstruction?

When should someone have breast reconstruction?

Depends: Breast reconstruction is most commonly performed after mastectomy or lumpectomy for breast cancer. For years, delayed reconstruction was the norm. That meant women underwent their mastectomy, recovered, and then came back months or years later for reconstruction. Today, we are seeing more and more immediate reconstructions, this is when women have their reconstruction at the initial operation. ...Read more

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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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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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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 happens in a breast reconstruction surgery?

What happens in a breast reconstruction surgery?

Depends: Breast reconstruction performed with a tissue expander results in a device placed beneath the skin and muscle which gradually is filled with saline after your surgery. Each fill results in the skin stretching more and more to accommodate a permanent implant which would be placed at a second surgery. A nipple would be reconstructed at a third procedure. ...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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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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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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