Breast Reconstruction

Procedure Details

Breast reconstruction. The goal is to restore one or both breast to near normal shape, appearance, symmetry and size following mastectomy, lumpectomy or for congenital deformities. Breast reconstruction usually involves multiple procedures performed in stages. There are 2 broad categories of reconstruction options, implants or flap reconstruction (using your own body tissue). While these seem like 2 separate categories, they can be combined in many cases to help patients achieve their reconstructive goals. When the breast reconstruction process starts at the time of mastectomy it is referred to as immediate breast reconstruction. When breast reconstruction starts any time after the mastectomy it is referred to as delayed breast reconstruction. The type of mastectomy, the type of treatment for cancer (chemotherapy and radiation) can have a large effect on the outcome of the breast reconstruction. Prophylactic mastectomies refer to patients who choose to undergo mastectomies to reduce their risk for the development of breast cancer where there is a high rate of breast cancer in their family.

Breast Reconstruction

This Harrisburg area patient is a 30-year old female who presented with a left breast cancer. After she underwent chemotherapy, then bilateral skin sparing mastectomies with immediate reconstruction with tissue expanders. After left breast radiation therapy was complete, she completed the tissue expansion process. Shortly after the exchange of tissue expanders for implants, the left side opened. She then elected to undergo a left latissimus dorsi flap with placement of a tissue expander for salvage. After 10 months of tissue expansion, the tissue expander was exchanged for and implant. Left 600cc high profile and the right 800cc ultra high profile smooth Mentor silicone implant. After 34C cup.


Pinnacle Health Hospitals

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