What is Surgical Reconstruction?
Surgical reconstruction of the breast seeks to rebuild, reshape and improve the look and feel of the breasts following a mastectomy. To surgically replace a breast a silicon or saline implant may be used or a new breast mound will be constructed using tissue from the patient’s own body. The surgical procedure chosen depends on the patient’s body type and condition, the patient’s age, and the kind of treatment being used for the trauma or disease.
The duration of surgical breast reconstruction can vary depending on several factors. Generally, breast reconstruction surgery can take anywhere from 1-8 hours, but it can take longer for complex cases.
Patients may need to take time off work or other activities to rest and allow their body to heal properly. Recovery from implant-based reconstruction is typically shorter than recovery from the tissue-based reconstruction.
The type of anesthesia used for breast reconstruction surgery can vary based on several factors. Generally, breast reconstruction surgery can be performed using either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation.
Benefits of Surgical Breast Reconstruction
Who Qualifies for Surgical Reconstruction?
Breast surgical reconstruction is an option for many women who have undergone a mastectomy or lumpectomy. However, eligibility depends on several factors. The patient should be in good overall health and not have any conditions that could increase the risk of complications during surgery. Additionally, the patient should have completed or be in the process of completing cancer treatment, including chemotherapy and radiation therapy. The type of breast surgery the patient had (mastectomy or lumpectomy) will play a role in determining the type of reconstruction that can be performed. Finally, the timing of the breast surgery and the patient’s medical history will also be considered when determining eligibility for breast surgical reconstruction.
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