Reconstruction Following Mastectomy
Generally, the patient has the option to subsequently undergo breast restoration
right after mastectomy or postponed it well ahead. Some women prefer to go through breast reconstruction mastectomy
to achieve the desired result in one setting. However, there are also those who are not medically or emotionally
prepared to undergo breast reconstruction after breast removal.
Breast reconstruction mastectomy is quite complex procedure that might involve more
than one technique. Therefore, it is best that before undergoing breast reconstruction you should know first both
the basic and the important things about the surgery.Today, women have already several options for breast
reconstruction. Below are some facts on different methods of performing breast reconstruction
- Breast Implants – This method utilizes specialized tissue
expander and skin stretching. The patient may choose what type of implants she wanted to use and it should be
either silicon or saline implant.
- TRAM Flap – This is another method to execute breast
reconstruction mastectomy. The beauty of TRAM flap is that the breast mound to be used on the patient is
actually made of the patient’s own tissue which is usually extracted from abdominal area or back region.
Furthermore, the process of extracting tissues from the patient’s back is known as latissimusdorsi flaps. In
this kind of procedure, it is imperative to hire a surgeon who is significantly experienced on the process of
- Another way of performing breast reconstruction mastectomy is by constructing
the breast from the patient’s tissue and tattooed to look a lot like a real nipple. In some rare cases, the
surgeon might reattach the original nipple only if identified to be totally cancer free. However, since the
reattached nipple lacks the nerve connection, it will not rise anymore and would not respond to a touch or
- Breast Prostheses – This is employed on patients who decided
to undergo breast reconstruction at a later time. The artificial breast is usually made up of silicone gel
which fits to a bra cup. Normally during the first few days, the prosthesis would feel cold and at the same
time heavy but this unpleasant feeling will just go away after few more days.
On the other hand, breast reconstruction does not usually intervene with
chemotherapy. In most cases, if the patient still needs to undergo radiation therapy, the doctor would usually
postpone breast reconstruction. Moreover, complications are not likely to arise but bleeding, infection and
scarring might be experienced.
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