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Understanding breast reconstruction after breast surgery

Breast cancer in women can lead to breast surgery as part of their treatment. One can choose breast reconstruction surgery to rebuild the shape and look of the breast. There are different types of breast reconstruction surgeries to consider. Suppose you have made up your mind on the surgery, it is prudent to settle for the best East Windsor, NJ breast reconstructive surgeon. This is where Dr. Matthew J. Lynch comes in handy as he will provide comprehensive reconstruction services to rebuild your breast and restore your self-confidence. Learn more about options for breast reconstruction by calling to scheduling an appointment or using their online platforms.

How is breast reconstruction defined?

Breast reconstruction is a surgery that aims at rebuilding your breast.  The procedure most often follows the removal of part (partial mastectomy) or all of your breast (mastectomy) for a medical reason like suffering from breast cancer.

Know what to expect during breast reconstruction surgery

If you happen to be diagnosed with breast cancer and are considering breast reconstruction surgery, it is essential to be prepared about what to expect.  The surgeon at the clinic will help you explain all of your choices and answer your questions. He uses a variety of advanced surgical techniques to reconstruct a natural-looking breast.  These techniques include:

1.     Breast  implants

 Most breast reconstruction approaches involve using a tissue expander before breast implants, along with directly placing an implant at the time of your mastectomy. Your nipple can also be reconstructed if it was not spared during the mastectomy. The implants are set as a part of a two-stage procedure, and they include:

·   In the first stage, the surgeon places a tissue expander device under your skin left after the mastectomy or under the chest muscle. The expander is slowly filled with saline during periodic visits to the doctor after surgery.

·   In the second stage, the expander will be removed after the chest tissue has relaxed and healed enough and replaced with an implant.

2.     Flap reconstruction

The surgeon here uses the tissues from your own body to rebuild a new breast.  A piece of tissue called a flap that contains skin, fat, blood vessels, and in other cases, muscle is extracted from a part of the woman’s body and rebuilds the breast.  Depending on the source of the flap, it can vary from:

·   Transverse rectus abdominis myocutaneous (TRAM) flap uses tissue from the lower abdomen but includes muscles.

·       Deep inferior epigastric perforator (DIEP) flap uses the abdomen and contains only skin, blood vessels, and fat without the underlying muscle.

·   Latissimus dorsi (LD) flap, the tissue comes from the middle and side of the back. And it moves the large, flat muscle from the back to the front of the chest.

The recovery time from reconstruction surgery depends on the type of procedure you took. Breast implant patients recover faster than flap surgery.

If you’re facing a mastectomy and you are interested in learning more about breast reconstruction, call the clinic or request an appointment online today.