Treatment

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Treatment

Chapter: 6 - Treatment

Subchapter: 4 - Breast Reconstruction

Following a mastectomy, you have options to help you become comfortable with the changes in your body. They are all options, with benefits to each approach. What is best for you and your body may not be what is best for another woman.

If you are considering breast reconstruction, you should speak with your medical team before the mastectomy, even if you plan to have your reconstruction later on.

Reconstruction Methods
There are a few of options for breast reconstruction, and which one you use will depend on your age, body type, and treatment plan.

Implants
One possibility is to have breast implants. The breast is filled with silicone sacs of saline or silicone gel.

TRAM Flap, Latissimus Flap, or Gluteal Flap
An alternative solution is to use tissue the surgeon removes from another part of your body, like the belly (TRAM), back (latissimus), or buttocks (gluteal). The surgeon sculpts this tissue into the shape of your breast.

Surgical Summary
In addition to reconstructing the breast, the surgeon can add a nipple, change the shape or size of the reconstructed breast, and operate on the opposite breast as well for a better match. The plastic surgeon will be able to discuss with you the benefits and risks of each procedure, and help you decide what will make you feel the most natural.

Alternative to Breast Reconstruction
One alternative to breast reconstruction is a removable prosthetic breast that is worn in the bra. This will preserve the shape and look of the breast without the surgical procedures.

Summary
Whether you undergo breast reconstruction, wear a prosthetic breast, or choose to embrace the changes you have experienced, you should make a decision that is right for you. The goal is to prevent the discomfort of change, while enabling you to accept what has occurred and continue on with your life.

Related Questions

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    Just had tissue expanders removed/implant transfer after mastectomy. Doc says I will have to start pressing on the implants so they will migrate to a more natural position. Any suggestions on best technique & also pain control at this point.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 1 year ago 3 answers
    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Hmm, I am interested in these responses since I am having this done on the right side on 2/14 and I am having a lift on the left side. Curious about the same questions, mainly the pain. Andre, I think my surgeon is going to need to break up some scar tissue, so I am not banking on a pain-free...

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      Hmm, I am interested in these responses since I am having this done on the right side on 2/14 and I am having a lift on the left side. Curious about the same questions, mainly the pain. Andre, I think my surgeon is going to need to break up some scar tissue, so I am not banking on a pain-free surgery, although I have bounced back pretty quickly for my other surgeries!

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    • anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Just push & squish them. I'm surprised you have pain. Did he do some revisions as well? If he didn't give you pain meds, try Tylenol. After about a week, the swelling will go down & they will start to drop. Enjoy them ;)
      Prayers to you.

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  • I’ve received silicon reconstruction surgery in May. I’m planning to travel on a flight that’s approx 24hrs long. Is it safe to travel next month? Will I be at risk with the implants? Please give me your suggestions on how to prepare for my trip. Thanks

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2010
    8 months ago 2 answers
    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      Hi Stella, I am a former flight attendant of 18 years. I myself and many of my coworkers had breast silicone or saline cosmetic breast augmentation. Most of us took 3 weeks before we could return to flying. Now remember its not about the pressure the cabin is pressurized . It is more of a...

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      Hi Stella, I am a former flight attendant of 18 years. I myself and many of my coworkers had breast silicone or saline cosmetic breast augmentation. Most of us took 3 weeks before we could return to flying. Now remember its not about the pressure the cabin is pressurized . It is more of a concern lifting and pulling your bags during travel. In my 18 years and my fellow flight attendants still out there with 25 years. I have never known anyone to have a rupture during any normal traveling . Where lose fitting clothes as our bodies tend to swell on flights. And drink lots of water. I had my tissue expander put in and flew 10 days later on a 7 hour flight w/approval from my PS. Get the ok from your PS ... Hope your trip is relaxing and safe. Hugs Tena

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    • anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had the same situation a couple if months ago. I conferred with my doctor and they said it shouldn't be any different than pre-implant and they were right. Have a great trip!

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  • What is oncoplasty?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 1 year ago 4 answers
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      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      Actually Oncoplasty is a pro

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    • anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      Oncoplasty is a surgical procedure where they go in and take out more tissue than a lumpectomy would do that they coyl

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