Restore the shape of your chest following surgery for breast cancer
Breast cancer effects one in nine women. Breast reconstruction is performed to restore the shape of a woman’s chest following surgery for breast cancer. This procedure seeks to restore a patient’s sense of femininity. Ideally, you should consult with a plastic surgeon prior to undergoing surgery to remove breast cancer. Often, reconstruction can be performed at the same time as a mastectomy. Breast reconstruction can be performed months or years later for women who delayed consultation with a plastic surgeon for any reason.
What is Breast Reconstruction?
Breast reconstruction involves a number of different techniques to recreate or restore a feminine chest shape to women who have had surgery to treat breast cancer.
Who is a Good Candidate for Breast Reconstruction?
Anyone who has had surgery for breast cancer that has significantly affected the shape of their chest/ breasts should at the very least have a consultation with a plastic surgeon. This way they can learn about what options there are to restore their chest to its pre-cancer surgery shape. The ideal candidate for reconstruction should be in good overall health and have realistic expectations about what breast reconstruction can accomplish.
How is Breast Reconstruction Performed?
Breast reconstruction is covered by insurance. It is performed under general anesthesia. Patients typically spend 1-3 days in the hospital following their surgery.
There are many options for breast reconstruction. The one that is chosen depends on a number of variables. Some of these variables include the size of breast that is being reconstructed, the patient’s weight and fat distribution and whether or not radiation is planned. A breast can be reconstructed with an expander and then an implant, or using one’s own tissues or a combination of the two. Each type of reconstruction has different pros and cons. Dr. Kayastha will review all options with you during your consultation.
Most patients use pain medication for 1-2 weeks following their surgery. The majority of the soreness resolves in 1-2 weeks. Normal day to day activities are usually resumed within a week. Strenuous exercise is resumed at 5-6 weeks.
The results of breast reconstruction are long lasting. Normal factors that we are all subject to like aging, gravity and weight fluctuations will affect your reconstruction.