Breast reconstruction can be a physically and emotionally rewarding procedure for women who have lost a breast to cancer or disease. A reconstructive surgery procedure can create a natural looking breast that mirrors the form and appearance of your original breast.
If you have had a mastectomy, (the removal of one or both breasts in the treatment of breast cancer) or will be having a mastectomy in the future, you may be a candidate for breast reconstruction. The procedure is commonly performed immediately after the mastectomy. You may also opt for reconstruction months or years after your mastectomy, especially if you need radiation of your chest as part of your cancer treatment.
Breast reconstruction involves several reconstructive procedures that attempt to restore a breast to near normal size, appearance and shape following a mastectomy. Additionally, when only one breast is affected, a breast lift, breast reduction or breast augmentation may be recommended for the opposite breast to improve symmetry.
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What are my first steps?A consultation with one of the physicians at the Plastic Surgery Center is your essential first step to learn how breast reconstruction can help you. If you're ready to discuss your breast reconstruction in more detail, call us at 316.688.7500 or request your consultation online today.
Where will my surgery be performed?Your surgery is most often performed in a hospital setting. Initial procedures are usually performed under general anesthesia. Others may be performed on an outpatient basis using local anesthesia with sedation. These decisions will be based on the requirements of your specific procedure and considerations of your preference as well as your surgeon's. At the Plastic Surgery Center, your safety and comfort are very important. Your surgeon will also give you certain preoperative care instructions. While we have included some on our website, they are not be a substitute for your physician's instructions.
Breast Reconstruction Recovery Time and ExpectationsInitial healing will include swelling and discomfort that can be lessened with medication. Your healing will continue for several weeks as your swelling goes down and your breast shape and position refine. Your physician will provide you with more specific post op instructions. We have included some basic instructions on our website for pre op, post op and scar care, but they are not a substitute for your physician's specific guidelines.
After Breast ReconstructionHaving breast reconstruction after a mastectomy can help you feel better physically and emotionally. It is also important that you continue monitoring your breast health.
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You all are so very kind, compassionate, professional and caring. Thank you for all of your support and expertise in helping me cope with and recover from my mastectomy and reconstruction journey. — PSC Patient N
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