The Options for Breast Reconstruction Surgery

If you've been treated for breast cancer and are due to have a mastectomy or lumpectomy, your doctor may have spoken to you about breast reconstruction. But how do you decide if it's right for you? There are many women who choose to have their breast (or breasts) reconstructed following a mastectomy and there are many who choose not to. There is no right or wrong choice. Here are a few points to consider when making your decision, according to breastcancer.org and the American Cancer Society. MORE: Find out details about breast reconstruction. Immediate Breast Reconstruction Many women choose to have breast reconstruction immediately after a mastectomy. This allows surgeons to preserve the breast skin, which can produce a better-looking reconstruction, although it's possible that you may need further procedures at a later date. Delayed Breast Reconstruction Some may not want to deal with the recovery of breast reconstruction or may not be ready to make a final decision regarding breast reconstruction. In these cases, women can delay breast reconstruction for as long as they want. In addition, doctors may be concerned about the overall health of the women, particularly if she smokes and may suggest she waits until she is physically stronger before undergoing breast reconstruction. Doctors may also advise patients wait for breast reconstruction if they need radiation therapy. MORE: Seven things you need to know if you've just been
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2 comments

  1. Erik Miles says:

    Going for breast reconstruction is recommended because the feeling of looking good creates a positive impact on the health and attitude of the woman. Feeling better in deprived situations is like a real gift and I actually think it is worth going for in case that no complications due to reconstruction are feared.

    • Tim Bossie says:

      Absolutely Erik. My wife thought about this for a long time before committing to it. She is glad she did. Feels much better about herself and has more confidence.

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