Breast reconstruction can be performed at the time of mastectomy, or at a later time in patients who have already undergone mastectomy surgery.
Immediate reconstruction is often chosen as it can be done at the same operative setting and same hospitalization as the mastectomy. This is often the best option for patients who are undergoing skin and/or nipple sparing mastectomy.
We can help you to determine whether immediate or delayed surgery is best for you.
There are many types of breast reconstruction available such as the DIEP (Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator) flap, SIEA (Superficial Inferior Epigastric Artery) Perforator Flap, S-GAP (Superior Gluteal Artery Perforator) Flap , I-GAP (Inferior Gluteal Artery Perforation) Free Flap, and TRAM (Transverse Rectus Abdominis Myocutaneous) Flap.
Reconstruction can be considered for those women who have undergone mastectomy, lumpectomy, and even those who had reconstruction already.
Those patients who have already had breast reconstruction may benefit from implant replacement, or from autogenous flap (your own body tissue) reconstruction.
Breast Changes to be aware of
- Size - if one breast becomes larger or lower
- Nipples - if a nipple becomes inverted (pulled in) or changes in postion or shape
- Rashes - on or around the nipple
- Discharge - from one or both nipples
- Skin Changes - puckering or dimpling
- Swelling - under the armpit or around the collarbone (where the lymph nodes are)
- Pain - continuous, in one part of the breast or armpit
- Lump or Thickening - a mass or firmness different from the rest of the breast tissue
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