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The subject of delayed reconstruction
For some women immediate breast reconstruction is not an option. This is either due to the need for chemotherapy or radiation and the concern that more breast surgery will delay chemoradiation or is related to personal choice. The good news is that reconstruction can be performed weeks, months or years after mastectomy or lumpectomy.
The main advantages of delayed reconstruction are:
1- It offers the patient more time to think about breast reconstruction options.
2- The cancer therapy whether radiation or chemotherapy will not interfere with the reconstructed breast.
Delayed reconstruction does have several disadvantages:
1- The need for an additional surgery after completion of cancer therapy.
2- Can be more difficult due to scarring.
3- The delay in getting reconstruction can be emotionally difficult for the patient.
The options for delayed breast reconstruction in general are the same as the immediate reconstruction. It can be done with:
1- Your own tissue.
2- Expander/implant technique.
3- Fat transfer to the breast from other parts of your body.
4- Combination of the above techniques.
Delayed reconstruction does provide excellent cosmetic results and is an option of choice for many women after cancer surgery.
If you have questions about delayed breast reconstruction or need more information you can contact the office of Moneer Jaibaji, MD to schedule an appointment.
Dr. Jaibaji is a double board-certified surgeon, certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery.