Immediate Breast reconstruction
Immediate reconstruction of the breast is performed at right after mastectomy. The breast can be reconstructed with a prosthesis or your own tissue.
Prosthetic reconstruction involves the placement of a definitive implant and hence a one stage procedure, or a two stage procedure where an expander is placed first then at a later date the expander is removed and the implant is placed.
Flap reconstruction involves the use of your own tissue, this can be taken from the abdomen, back or buttocks. This can involve microsurgical techniques.
But, what are the advantages of immediate reconstruction?
1 - It reduces the risk of emotional difficulties.
2 - It may reduce the number of surgeries depending on the type or reconstruction.
3 - It should not affect or delay getting cancer treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation.
4 - It can give better cosmetic results.
5 - It should not affect the ability to detect local recurrence or new cancers.
Immediate reconstruction does have some disadvantages;
1 - It will lead to a longer hospital stay.
2 - It can lead to more scars than mastectomy especially after flap reconstruction.
Moneer Jaibaji, MD is a board certified plastic surgeon in San Diego. For consultation appointments or questions about your breast reconstruction you can contact our office at 619 522 0821.
Dr. Jaibaji is a double board-certified surgeon, certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery.