Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy:
As we all know, breast cancer is a disease which affects nearly one in every eight women across America. In some instances, if the cancer is small and localized, doctors may offer a lumpectomy followed by radiation of the breast to treat the remaining tissue. In other instances doctors recommend a mastectomy to remove all of the breast tissue and eliminate the risk of leaving any remaining cancer cells. As a result, these women are often left with empty breast cavities and feel embarrassed and emasculated. There is hope. A breast reconstruction procedure can help restore your breasts and recreate a breast mound and help to jump start the emotional healing process. There are three basic approaches to reconstruction. One involves the use of one’s own tissue, transferred onto the chest wall as a tissue flap. The other technique involves stretching the remaining tissue with a device known as a tissue expander, so that a permanent breast implant may eventually be inserted. The third option uses a combination of flap and implant. During a consultation, Dr Zimmerman will help you to choose which style of reconstruction is right for you.