Breast Reconstruction: Is it Right for You?
If you or someone you care about is recovering from mastectomy, partial mastectomy, prophylactic mastectomy or lumpectomy due to breast cancer treatment, breast reconstruction may be an option you're considering.
To aid in this important decision, Scott & White plastic surgeons Raman C. Mahabir, MD, and Kendall R. Roehl, MD, created the Scott & White Patient Guide to Breast Reconstruction , which outlines your breast reconstruction options, the risks and benefits of each and what you should discuss with your surgeon.
About Breast Reconstruction Surgery
The goal of breast reconstruction surgery is to create for you a new breast similar to your natural breast. The reconstruction usually requires several surgeries over six months to a year.
You may have breast reconstruction surgery at the same time as your mastectomy (immediate reconstruction) or at a later time (delayed reconstruction). Occasionally, there are times when reconstruction must be delayed because of other treatments, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
Options for Reconstruction
There are three options for breast reconstruction:
- Using saline or silicone implants
- Using your own tissue
- Using a combination of implants and your own tissue
Your surgeon will consider several factors when helping decide which breast reconstruction option is best for you. Those factors include:
- The type and stage of cancer
- Your body size and shape
- Your goals for reconstruction
- The need for additional therapy
- Your current health status
- Whether or not you have had prior surgeries
As with any surgery, breast reconstruction surgery has some risks. Your surgeon will discuss these risks with you, as well.