In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I’ve decided to focus this month on breast reconstruction and how it can help women who have lost one or both of their breasts. Breast reconstruction procedures are regularly performed on women who have had mastectomies due to being diagnosed with breast cancer. They can also be performed as a preventative measure for women who are at high risk of developing breast cancer in the future.
Before making any decisions, it’s important to carefully consider all factors to determine your best course of action when it comes to breast reconstruction. First and foremost, after a mastectomy, you must decide if you even want to reconstruct your breast(s). Some women are perfectly content to go breast-free or use a prosthetic breast following their breast cancer surgery. On the other hand, some women may want breast reconstruction, but prefer to put off their surgery for some time. Due to significant breakthroughs in the field, women have more options than ever.
If there is something unclear when you’re gathering info about breast reconstruction, you should prepare as many questions as possible to help you understand your options during your initial appointment. The more time you spend preparing both mentally and physically for your procedure, the smoother your post-procedure period will be. So be diligent and talk to both your surgeon and other patients who have undergone your procedure in the past to help get a better grasp of what you can expect from your breast reconstruction.
I’ve provided some commonly asked questions for anyone considering breast reconstruction surgery to think about before making any decisions:
- What type of breast reconstruction surgery is right for me?
- If I choose not to have breast reconstruction right away, how will it affect my results?
- How should I prepare physically for breast reconstruction surgery?
- Will my condition require multiple surgeries?
- Will breast reconstruction interfere with chemotherapy or radiation treatments?
- Will there be pain, scars or other side effects to consider?
These are just some of the things a patient needs to think about before opting for breast reconstruction surgery. Communication with your surgeon is essential for understanding the procedure itself, what kind of results you can expect and how your life may be different following your breast reconstruction surgery. For more information on breast reconstruction, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery today to schedule a complimentary consultation.