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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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Dr. Regina Hampton
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Lumpectomy (Definition)

A lumpectomy means removal of a breast lump. It frequently is used in relation to removal of breast cancer. However it can be generalized to removal of other lumps or imaging abnormalities also. Other terminology such as excision, wide excision or a partial mastectomy usually may mean the same thing. If it is done for breast cancer frequently it needs to be ...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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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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Price for breast lumpectomy vs a mastectomy?

Price for breast lumpectomy vs a mastectomy?

Don't Let Price...: ...Influence your decision. Treatment may require surgery+/-radiationrx+/-chemorx, therefore looking at the cost of these operations alone are misleading. For example, radiationrx is mandatory after lumpectomy, so any price comparison would have to include this. Most importantly, if uninsured, there are many people & hospitals in the healthcare community that will assist cancer patients. ...Read more

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Chemotherapy after bladder radical cystectomy needed?

Chemotherapy after bladder radical cystectomy needed?

Perhaps: Chemotherapy following bladder cancer removed by radical cystectomy may be advised depending on the stage of the cancer. A deeply invasive cancer, or a cancer with lymph nodes involved may be treated post-operatively with chemotherapy if chemotherapy was not used preoperatively. ...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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Lump beneath lumpectomy area two weeks after chemotherapy?

Lump beneath lumpectomy area two weeks after chemotherapy?

See your doctor: This could just be scarring from the lumpectomy, but you really must see your doctor to have them examine it. You might need to have an ultrasound or some other test to check it out. ...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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Exercise after a lumpectomy?

Exercise after a lumpectomy?

Prevent recurrence: There's growing evidence that exercise, weight loss and even fasting can increase cure rates and help in primary and secondary (recurrence) prevention of breast cancer. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Does stage 1 breast cancer need an immediate chemotherapy after total mastectomy?

Does stage 1 breast cancer need an immediate chemotherapy after total mastectomy?

Well. The treatment : Plan depends on a number of factors that would need to be discussed with the breast surgeon, radiation oncologist etc. Was a total mastectomy recommended for a stage 1 breast cancer? ...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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When after breast surgery is radiation started?

When after breast surgery is radiation started?

Depends: The time that you start radiation (XRT) depends on your treatment plan. If you do not need chemotherapy, then you start 4-6 weeks after surgery. If you need chemotherapy, then you will get chemo after surgery and then XRT when chemo is complete. It is a good idea to meet with the radiation doctors immediately after surgery to get questions answered. It helps to have the entire team involved. ...Read more

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Norgesic were given after removal breast lump?

Norgesic were given after removal breast lump?

Rather odd: Norgesic is a combination of a muscle relaxer and tylenol (acetaminophen). It would be rather odd to prescribe it after a lumpectomy. ...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 painful is reconstruction after a mastectomy?

Fairly painful: Pain after mastectomy and reconstruction is more severe than after a mastectomy alone. However, the pain threshold and tolerance is very different in different patients. If you are going to have this procedure, your surgeons will prescribe sufficient doses of pain medication to alleviate the pain and make you more comfortable. ...Read more

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Is mastectomy or quadrantectomy required after complete pathological response to breast cancer?

No.: No you do not need surgery if a complete pathological response has occurred. ...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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Dr. Barry Rosen
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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