Breast and nipple reconstruction after a complete or partial mastectomy creates a new breast mound and provides symmetry and balance with the opposite breast.
For many patients breast reconstruction after mastectomy is an important emotional and physical step in getting their lives back to normal. Insurance coverage for breast reconstruction after mastectomy is federally mandated.
A variety of surgical techniques exist to reconstruct the missing breast including TRAM flap, latissimus dorsi flap, or tissue expander with subsequent placement of permanent breast implants. The appropriate option is matched to the patient’s needs, expectations, body form and overall health. Frequently, in the case of partial mastectomy, the unaffected breast is reshaped to more closely match the reconstructed breast.
Timing of reconstruction depends on many variables and can begin at the time of the mastectomy or can be delayed if radiation therapy is needed. Most breast reconstruction work is completed within a nine month time frame.
Recovery from breast reconstruction varies widely and is dependent on many factors including the type of mastectomy performed, whether both breasts are removed, the type of reconstruction chosen, and the timing of any needed chemotherapy or radiation therapy. All of these factors are discussed and coordinated with the patient to allow for appropriate planning of time off from work and arranging any help that may be needed at home.
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Lauren C. | Breast Reconstruction Patient via vitals.com