Why Choose Breast Reconstruction Surgery?
Reconstruction breast surgery’s purpose is to reconstruct the entire breast/s or parts of the breast/s. Most commonly breast reconstruction surgery is tailored for women who suffer from the removal of internal and/or external tissues of the breasts due to breast cancer. However, reconstruction breast surgery may be necessary if a previous breast surgery had resulted in complications.
Breast reconstruction surgeries are usually the next step after undergoing the following surgeries:
- Subcutaneous (under the skin) mastectomy
- Quadrantectomy (removal of approximately a quarter of the breast)
Types of reconstructive surgeries vary, and some may use one or more techniques, depending on the case of the patient. During a consultation, the plastic surgeon will examine the breasts and determine a surgery plan that is custom tailored to each patient’s unique case.
Downtime The recovery period will depend on the extent of surgery (1-3 weeks). Most patients can begin to get back to normal activities within 6 to 8 weeks.
Cost Will depend on the procedure and the extent of surgery needed. Novomed is now offering installment plans which allow patients to pay over 3, 6, or 12 months with 0% interest rates. In some cases, breast reconstruction procedures may be covered by an insurance provider.
A breast reconstruction procedure may take anywhere from one to six hours, or more in some cases. There are several types of operations to rebuild the breast or breasts. The following are common types of reconstruction breast surgeries:
- Breast reconstruction using Breast Implants
- Breast reconstruction using autologous tissue (your own tissue, also known as “tissue flap”)
- Breast reconstruction using an acellular dermal matrix (ADM)
Your plastic surgeon will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions which should be followed closely. Discomfort and tolerable pain are to be expected after a reconstruction surgery, however, you will be provided medication to relieve your symptoms of pain after surgery. Following your surgeon’s advice on when to begin exercising and normal activities, because it is different with different types of reconstruction. As a basic rule, you will want to avoid overhead lifting, strenuous movements, sports, and some intimate activities for 4 to 6 weeks after reconstruction.