Breast reconstruction is achieved through several plastic surgery techniques that attempt to restore a breast to near normal shape, appearance and size following mastectomy. This procedure can often vary greatly depending on the cancer care plan selected by your team of physicians.
Upon meeting with Dr. Ehret and staff you will be asked several questions about your health history, family history and status in your breast cancer treatment. From there, through careful discussion and planning, Dr. Ehret will guide you in choosing a reconstruction that you are best qualified for.
Breast reconstruction can be done in an immediate or delayed fashion. It can take several years and multiple surgeries to complete. There are a few basic types of reconstruction including breast expanders and implants or tissue flaps. Generally, the initial surgery of mastectomy with or without immediate reconstruction is done in a hospital setting and will require an inpatient stay. The surgeries to follow may also be done in a hospital or in an outpatient surgery center but do not always require an overnight stay.
Breast reconstruction is a physically and emotionally rewarding procedure for a woman who has lost a breast due to cancer or other condition. The creation of a new breast can dramatically improve your self-image, self-confidence and quality of life. Although surgery can give you a relatively natural-looking breast, a reconstructed breast will never look or feel exactly the same as the breast that was removed. Dr. Ehret and staff strive to make this experience as comfortable and positive as possible in your journey through breast reconstruction.