One in eight women are expected to develop breast cancer and many of who have had a mastectomy, double mastectomy, or radiation therapy during the course of their breast cancer treatment. For these patients, and for individuals who have sustained injury to the breasts, or suffer from genetic breast defects, breast reconstruction surgery can be an effective means of recreating breasts that look and feel natural, and can help patients to see themselves as they were before their illness.
When considering breast reconstruction surgery, it is highly important to select a compassionate plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Hani Sinno, M.D., who understands the importance of fostering cooperative partnerships with his patients’ surgical oncology teams, in order to ensure that the breast reconstruction procedure remains in alignment with his patients’ primary cancer treatment plans.
BREAST RECONSTRUCTION PROCEDURAL DETAILS
Patients undergoing breast reconstruction after mastectomy may elect to have their breast reconstruction performed at the same time as the mastectomy (immediate reconstruction), or months after the mastectomy (delayed reconstruction). There are a number of techniques that can be utilized during breast reconstruction surgery, including the DIEP (deep inferio epigastric perforator) flap and the TRAM (transverse rectus abdominus myocutaneous) flap procedures. Surgical flap techniques are often employed when patients are not left with sufficient breast tissue to support a breast implant after mastectomy or radiation therapy. During a flap procedure, the patient’s own skin, fat and/or muscle (typically taken from a donor site in the buttocks or abdomen) are repositioned to cover and/or create the breast mound. After assessing your clinical situation, anatomy, and personal preferences, Dr. Sinno will choose the reconstruction technique best suited to your unique medical needs and the fulfillment of your surgical goals.
The duration of your post-surgical recovery period will depend upon the specific surgical techniques employed during your procedure and your body’s unique capacity to heal itself; however, Dr. Sinno will take every possible measure to minimize your discomfort, maximize your safety, and decrease your recovery time, allowing you to resume your busy schedule as expeditiously as possible.
CONTACT DR. SINNO
During your initial consultation, Dr. Sinno will conduct a thorough evaluation of your current physical health and will review your medical history in order to determine if breast reconstruction surgery is a prudent option for you at the present time. Dr. Sinno and his well-trained staff members have worked to create a welcoming, healing office environment, and will take the time to clearly explain your breast reconstruction options and procedural details.
Your breast reconstruction treatment plan will be uniquely customized to reflect your specific medical needs and aesthetic goals, and you can be assured that you will have the best possible patient care throughout your reconstructive surgery experience. If you would like additional information about breast reconstruction surgery, please contact our office today. We are happy to answer any and all of your questions, and to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Sinno.
Pre and Post Operative Photos
Please Click here for representative examples of pre and post-operative photos of patients that underwent breast reconstruction.
For more information on this specific procedure and to watch a 3D video animation, please visit the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) here: http://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/3d-animations.html