After a mastectomy, patients may be left with deformed breasts or without breast tissue. This is often a trying and emotional time for patients, and the residual effects of cancer commonly cause distress and low self-confidence.
Breast reconstruction is a common procedure done after a mastectomy or lumpectomy that not only restores the form and shape of the breast, but a sense of wholeness and femininity for the patient. Reconstruction usually involves multiple surgeries to restore the contour of the breast area. We perform different techniques used for breast reconstruction surgery including:
Expander – progressive expansion of skin and eventually a breast implant. The nipple is reconstructed at the final stage.
Latissimus Dorsi Skin and muscle flap with an implant
Muscle and skin flap from the abdomen can be used for breast reconstruction which is called Transverse Rectus Abdominis Myocutaneous Flap
The type of mastectomy, cancer treatments and body type are all factors that determine the best path for reconstructive surgery. Your surgeon will provide you with options that will allow you to return to your previous or ideal shape.
When to consider breast reconstruction:
• Mastectomy for breast cancer has already been performed
• Restore feminine feelings and self-confidence
• Improve symmetry if only one breast is affected
• Performed under general anesthesia
• Outpatient procedure