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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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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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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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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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Can I have breast reconstruction at the same time as mastectomy?

Can I have breast reconstruction at the same time as mastectomy?

Most women can: Immediate breast reconstruction allows the patient to wake up from the surgery "whole" and avoid the experience of a flat chest. Having the reconstruction at the same time typically leads to nicer results and less scarring compared to delayed reconstruction (reconstruction performed some time after mastectomy). Most women with early breast cancer (stage 1 or 2) or brca+ are candidates. ...Read more

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Could I have breast reconstruction at the same time as my mastectomy?

Could I have breast reconstruction at the same time as my mastectomy?

Yes: Breast reconstruction is often done at the same time as mastectomy, depending on the type of reconstruction and the type of breast cancer. Inflammatory breast cancer is one type where reconstruction should not be done right away. Your breast surgeon and your plastic surgeon will work together to determine what's right for you. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about breast reconstruction after mastectomy and complications?

Can you tell me about breast reconstruction after mastectomy and complications?

Breast Cancer: This is a great question. The issue is how safe is it to be under anesthesia for longer periods of time. The short answer is it is very safe. I perform the diep flap breast reconstruction surgery and it takes longer because of all of the steps. These patients do extremely well after surgery and have had the benefit of removal of the lower abdominal tissue just like I do for a tummy tuck. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about breast reconstruction after mastectomy using dermis?

Can you tell me about breast reconstruction after mastectomy using dermis?

Dermis: Dermis, which is the inner layer of skin, can be harvested from the abdomen (or other areas) to use with tissue-expander or implant-based breast reconstruction. This is used in place of acellular dermal matrix, which is derived from pig skin. The use of dermis is different from a TRAM or DIEP flap, which uses skin, fat, and the attached blood vessels for "autologous" breast reconstruction ...Read more

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Can you tell me the side effects of mastectomy? What about breast reconstruction?

Many!: A mastectomy removes the entire breast including the nipple. It leaves a diagonal scar about 6 inches long. Pain is minimal; most women report numbness of their chest. A flexible tube drains fluid from the incision for 2-3 weeks. Reconstruction can be done at the same time as the mastectomy or later. For info on reconstruction options, check out http://www.Breastcancer.Org/treatment/surgery/. ...Read more

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If I am advised to have a mastectomy, what are the risks and benefits of immediate breast reconstruction?

If I am advised to have a mastectomy, what are the risks and benefits of immediate breast reconstruction?

Immediate breast rec: The benefits of immediate reconstruction include the amount of skin available to cover a flap, or implants, the reduced number of surgeries, the psychological benefit, and perhaps, superior cosmetics. The downside is a higher risk of complications, and possible changes in therapy, such as radiation, based on the final pathology, that may affect the quality of the reconstruction. ...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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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