If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, you may already be aware of the challenges and choices that lie ahead. Breast reconstruction is one of those choices.
Candidates for breast reconstruction include women who have had a mastectomy or who will be having a mastectomy. A breast reconstruction can be done at the same time as the mastectomy (called “immediate breast reconstruction”). Or the reconstruction can be done some time (months or years) after the mastectomy (“delayed reconstruction”). There are several things to be considered in choosing between immediate and delayed reconstruction: planned radiation treatments, planned chemotherapy, overall health, and desired technique for reconstruction.
There are many different procedures for breast reconstruction, and they fall into two categories. One category includes skin expansion and later insertion of an implant (“implant reconstruction”). The other category includes the use of living tissue taken from other parts of the body, such as the abdomen or back (“autologous tissue reconstruction”).
Each person dealing with breast cancer has her own personal issues and concerns. Dr. Kavali will discuss all of your options with you so that you make a truly informed decision.
Be sure to go to the Patient info link on this site. You can find consent forms and instructions for each procedure, and you’ll find information about what to do and what to expect before and after your surgery.