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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


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What size breast implant is used for the reconstruction of the breast after a mastectomy?

What size breast implant is used for the reconstruction of the breast after a mastectomy?

It depends: Breast reconstruction commonly utilizes implants either immediately after the mastectomy or later. When you meet with your plastic surgeon prior to surgery, you will discuss all of your options, including implant size. Clearly the average implant size will be greater than for cosmetic augmentation as the volume requirement is greater after the the breast tissue has been removed. ...Read more

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Any advice? What size breast implant do doctors put in when reconstructing the breast after a mastectomy?

Any advice? What size breast implant do doctors put in when reconstructing the breast after a mastectomy?

Size to fit: Your plastic surgeon will take measurements of the chest to help determine what size implants to use. A woman who is 5'2", 100 lbs would not get the same implant as a woman who is 5'9" and 200 lbs for example, so the size varies from person to person. ...Read more

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Could a tumor have grown in my breast implant after my mastectomy to cause my implant to pop? The implant suddenly appeared flat and causes pain.

Could a tumor have grown in my breast implant after my mastectomy to cause my implant to pop? The implant suddenly appeared flat and causes pain.

C Surgeon: It is most likely that you are experiencing breast implant leakage, unrelated and separate from any type of tumor growth. For accurate diagnosis and treatment recommendations see your plastic surgeon. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How does a permanent breast prosthesis feel?

How does a permanent breast prosthesis feel?

Depends: Regular saline or silicone gel implants feel alright. Some women say they feel somewhat heavy, but this may be due to going from no breast to a reconstructed breast literally within hours. More cohesive silicone gel implants feel more firm than regular breast tissue. ...Read more

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What can I do if my breast prosthesis gets damaged?

What can I do if my breast prosthesis gets damaged?

Exchange it: Breast implants are not designed to last forever although recent advancements have made them not only safer but also more durable. If something does happen to your implant, it is relatively straightforward to simply exchange out that damaged implant with a new one. Some patients will opt to change out both if the implants have been in for an extended time but that is not always necessary. ...Read more

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How should I clean and care for my breast prosthesis?

How should I clean and care for my breast prosthesis?

Breast prosthesis: There are several types made of different materials. Yours should have come with an instruction manual. If not, call the prosthetics shop and get one or get specific instructions for your model. ...Read more

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What are the advantages of getting a breast prosthesis?

Psychological: If a woman is not ready or not interested in breast reconstruction an external prosthesis is often a simple solution to wardrobe problems and social situations. Modern breast reconstruction should always be thoroughly discussed as an option. ...Read more

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What should I expect during my breast prosthesis testing appointment?

What should I expect during my breast prosthesis testing appointment?

Find the right size: You will be wearing a bra and different sizes of prosthesis will be fitted until one matches you opposite breast volume. ...Read more

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How soon after my surgery can I start wearing a breast prosthesis?

Depends: That really depends on what kind of surgery you had. Generally speaking healing takes 4-6 weeks. If you had a mastectomy you should be good to go by then. Radiation may change that answer. There are a lot of variables! ...Read more

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Is mastectomy removal of both breasts?

Is mastectomy removal of both breasts?

Removal of breast: A mastectomy is the removal of the breast/breast tissue. A double mastectomy is the removal of both breasts. ...Read more

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What methods are used to reconstruct the breast after a mastectomy?

Various techniques: Techniques for breast reconstruction have changed over the years. Most reconstruction is implant based -- either using a tissue expander to help stretch the muscle and skin before using an implant, or direct to implant reconstruction. Surgeons can also use flaps which transfer soft tissue, +/- skin, +/- muscle. These may come from the belly, the back the buttocks or the thighs. ...Read more

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What is a mastectomy of accessory breast?

What is a mastectomy of accessory breast?

Accessory breast: Usually in the axilla (arm pit) or below the breast. With hormonal changes these area of extra breast tissue may grow. Because the cause a lump under the skin they are usually removed ...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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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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Can you tell me about breast reduction or mastectomy?

Can you tell me about breast reduction or mastectomy?

Breast Reduction: Women with very large breast can suffer from kyphosis due the weight of their breasts and sometimes it requires surgical removal of breast mass to correct the posture of the body. Mastectomy is completely removal of breast ...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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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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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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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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Prosthesis (Definition)

A prosthesis is an artificial substitute for a missing part of the body. Examples would be an artifical ...Read more