Breast reconstruction is usually an option for women who had a mastectomy due to breast cancer. A reconstruction often involves a sequence of operations rather that a single procedure. There are a number of choices when we plan your breast reconstruction. These choices depend on several aspects of your personal medical history. They include the timing of reconstruction which can be immediate or delayed, as well as the type of reconstruction. An immediate reconstruction is performed at the same time as your mastectomy.
Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy
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Deciding whether or not to have a breast rebuilt is a very personal choice. Take the time you need to learn about how breast reconstruction might affect you, both emotionally and physically, before you decide to have the surgery. There are two main categories of reconstruction:. This could be your most flexible option — you can go breast-free, use a pop-in breast form, or change your mind and get breast reconstruction in the future.
Breast reconstruction can help restore the look of the breast after a mastectomy. The surgery is done by a plastic surgeon. Although most breast reconstruction is done in women, men may get reconstruction if they wish. Discuss your options with your plastic surgeon, breast surgeon and oncologist and your radiation oncologist if you are having radiation therapy.
Many women who have a mastectomy—surgery to remove an entire breast to treat or prevent breast cancer—have the option of having the shape of the removed breast rebuilt. Women who choose to have their breasts rebuilt have several options for how it can be done. Breasts can be rebuilt using implants saline or silicone. They can also be rebuilt using autologous tissue that is, tissue from elsewhere in the body. Sometimes both implants and autologous tissue are used to rebuild the breast.