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

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Dr. Devon Webster
Internal Medicine - Oncology
6 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Devon Webster
Dr. Devon Webster
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Dr. Minas Chrysopoulo
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Minas Chrysopoulo
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Dr. Tito Vasquez
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Yes

In fact, most centers insist that you meet with a reconstructive surgeon at the time of your diagnosis to discuss all the options that are available to you.
Since everyone is different, your options may be different than another person with the same set of circumstances. Insist on speaking with a plastic surgeon prior to any surgery. All related reconstruction is generally covered by insurance.

In brief: Yes

In fact, most centers insist that you meet with a reconstructive surgeon at the time of your diagnosis to discuss all the options that are available to you.
Since everyone is different, your options may be different than another person with the same set of circumstances. Insist on speaking with a plastic surgeon prior to any surgery. All related reconstruction is generally covered by insurance.
Dr. Tito Vasquez
Dr. Tito Vasquez
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Dr. Rimma Finkel
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Yes...

In general, most woman can have reconstruction at the time of mastectomy, but there are limitations based on pre-existing medical problems or smoking.
Speak to a plastic and reconstructuve surgeon to find out your options.

In brief: Yes...

In general, most woman can have reconstruction at the time of mastectomy, but there are limitations based on pre-existing medical problems or smoking.
Speak to a plastic and reconstructuve surgeon to find out your options.
Dr. Rimma Finkel
Dr. Rimma Finkel
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery

In brief: Yes

Not everyone wants a reconstruction, but, if you do, i think it is almost always best to have it done at the same time.
For one, you save yourself from having an additional anesthetic; also, it saves you from the emotional aspect of the appearance of your chest wall without a breast.

In brief: Yes

Not everyone wants a reconstruction, but, if you do, i think it is almost always best to have it done at the same time.
For one, you save yourself from having an additional anesthetic; also, it saves you from the emotional aspect of the appearance of your chest wall without a breast.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Raj Syal
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Maybe

Talk to your surgeons.
For best results treatments are usually done in stages.

In brief: Maybe

Talk to your surgeons.
For best results treatments are usually done in stages.
Dr. Raj Syal
Dr. Raj Syal
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Dr. Darryl Blinski
Recent article in PRS journal gives a response. Title is Comparison of Clinical Outcomes and Patient Satisfaction in Immediate Single-Stage versus Two-Stage Implant-Based Breast ReconstructionConclusions: There is no significant difference in complication rates between single-stage versus two-stage implant-based breast reconstructions.
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