is a surgical alternative to an external prosthesis or breast
form. Women of all ages are finding that breast reconstruction
after mastectomy can be a step toward restoring their body
to a natural shape.
start reconstruction at the same time as their mastectomy
surgery; others wait several months or even years. Its
best to discuss this option prior to surgery, with a board-certified
plastic surgeon whose practice includes breast reconstruction.
It is also important to verify that your medical insurance
of breast reconstruction:
with implants: Implants are sacs filled with either silicone
(a type of soft plastic) or saline (salt water). These sacs
are placed under your chest wall or skin.
Reconstruction with tissue flaps: Muscle, fat and skin
are transferred from another part of the body to the chest
area and shaped into the form of a breast. The most common
area of transferred tissue is from the stomach.
to ask about reconstruction:
What type of reconstructive surgery is best for me?
What are the risks and side effects?
When is the best time for reconstruction?
How many surgeries are required?
How safe are the implanted devices?
What should I expect my recovery to be like?
How long should my recovery take?
How will my reconstructed breast compare in appearance
to my other breast?
Are special bras needed after surgery?
Can you refer me to someone to speak to about their
experience with reconstruction?
Will my insurance cover the costs of this surgery?
If I do not choose reconstruction, what prosthesis
or breast forms are available?
Does radiation affect reconstruction?
Will I have pain and how will it be managed?
Can you show me pictures of reconstructions you have