Breast Reconstruction The Woodlands
Breast reconstruction surgery is performed after a mastectomy (removal of breast tissue typically performed for breast cancer) to restore the shape and volume of a woman’s breasts. It is considered to be a valuable aspect of the healing process after breast cancer surgery.
Factors That Contribute to the Timing of Surgery
Breast reconstruction can be delayed or performed immediately depending on the details of your case, including these factors:
- Cancer Stage: The surgery can be performed immediately after your mastectomy if you are diagnosed within the first two stages of cancer and certain criteria are met. If the disease has progressed and you are undergoing radiation therapy, breast reconstruction should be delayed.
- Facilities Available: It is of utmost importance that you visit a surgeon who is skilled and experienced. This will minimize the likelihood of complications or unsatisfactory results.
- Overall Health: Illnesses like diabetes, high blood pressure, being overweight, and circulatory problems can hinder your recovery from the surgery. This can necessitate a delayed breast reconstruction procedure.
Studies show that the breast reconstruction procedure does not contribute to the return of breast cancer, nor does it obstruct the process of checking for further recurrences.
Breast Reconstruction Techniques
There are two main types of reconstruction surgery: flap and implant. Flap surgeries involve the transfer of tissues from different parts of your body like the back, thighs, buttocks, and abdomen to the chest in order to restore volume.
Implant reconstruction involves the placement of silicone or saline implants in your breasts to restore volume. Before implant placement, clients may first need tissue expanders. These are temporary prosthetics used to slowly expand the tissues in the chest to make room for breast implants. Once the right amount of space has been achieved, the expanders are removed and replaced with the implants.
Once the doctor recreates the shape of your breast, he will proceed to rebuild your nipple and areola. The breast reconstruction surgery can require from two to eight hours to perform, depending on the specifics of your case and the type of reconstruction technique performed.
After your procedure, you will experience a recuperation period in the hospital. The length of this period will be impacted by how your recovery is progressing. Generally, reconstruction with breast implants involves a shorter stay, potentially only a day or two. Flap reconstruction necessitates a stay of around five to six days.
Once you return home, you will need to avoid participating in any strenuous activities for a few weeks. Swelling and bruising are common. A supportive bra or elastic bandage will help patients control the degree of swelling and bruising.
Make sure to visit your doctor in case of unusual symptoms. Pain medications and antibiotics will be prescribed to you to ease the discomfort. Physical therapy will help you regain strength and flexibility.
It is very important for you to take proper care of your breasts. Make sure you go to your breast cancer surgeon periodically and get them examined with the help of a mammogram and/or MRI.
Are you interested in finding out more about the breast reconstruction options we offer? If so contact our office today for an informative breast reconstruction consultation with Dr. Lind.