Breast Reconstruction After Breast Cancer
A diagnosis of breast cancer is a difficult time, and many are frightened and confused about their treatment options. We encourage patients to ask questions and become well-informed regarding their treatment and reconstructive options.
Fortunately, newer reconstructive techniques are allowing plastic surgeons to create more natural feeling and aesthetically pleasing breasts. There are a number of reconstructive options available to patients, and Dr. Haque is pleased to offer the entire spectrum of reconstructive options to patients who are battling cancer as well as those who have had positive genetic testing.
Dr Haque will help guide you through the process one step at a time. He will explain all the options to you and listen to your particular wishes to create a personalized approach to your reconstruction.
The Facts About Breast Reconstruction
- Studies to date show that breast reconstruction does not interfere with prescribed cancer treatment such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy
- Breast reconstruction has a documented psychological advantage to healing
- Breast reconstruction can be performed immediately after mastectomy or can be delayed
- Patients needing radiation treatment have a better aesthetic result if reconstruction is performed in a delayed fashion
- Insurances are required by law to cover procedures to restore symmetry on your other breast
Options for Breast Reconstruction
There are many options today for breast reconstruction, including:
- Autologous Breast Reconstruction (Reconstruction using only your own tissue)
- Delayed Reconstruction
- Implant Based Reconstruction
- Latissimus Muscle with Implant
- Mastectomy Only with Breast Prosthesis
How Do I Prepare for my Breast Reconstruction Surgery?
Dr. Haque and the Queen City Plastic Surgery team are experienced in coordinating with your medical providers. We will work with your general surgeon, medical oncologist, and/or your radiation oncologists to ensure your safety during the process. Preoperative blood work is generally needed prior to surgery and we will ensure that you’re healthy and able to undergo surgery.
Smoking can result in significant complications, including wound healing problems due to the decrease in circulation to the skin. As a result, we ask all patients undergoing breast reconstruction surgery to quit smoking prior and after surgery.
Recovering After Your Breast Reconstruction
Most reconstructive surgery of the breast involves the use of postoperative drains for a short period of time after surgery. Patients generally are hospitalized from 1-5 days, depending on the type of reconstruction performed. Patients are encouraged to ambulate early during the recovery period.
Schedule a Consultation for Breast Reconstruction in Charlotte, NC
Dr Haque has performed breast reconstruction on countless women and can help you too. Contact Us today for an initial consultation and best of luck to you on your journey.