Breast reconstruction can bring many women who have faced mastectomies closer to a natural breast shape. Sometimes, additional surgeries after reconstruction can help balance a natural and reconstructed breast to make them as symmetrical as possible.
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Breast reconstruction is the process of making a new breast after a woman has had her breast removed due to breast cancer. At U-M, we recognize the real importance this procedure can have for a breast cancer patient.
Women with very large breasts may experience back or shoulder pain, grooves on their shoulders from bra straps, difficulty exercising, and stress around clothing options. With breast reduction surgery, or mammoplasty, a patient may find relief of these physical and emotional symptoms.
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Some reconstruction options are “flap” procedures, during which your own tissue, taken from a different area of your body, is used to recreate the breast. Using your tissue instead of implants typically makes for more natural results and avoids unique complications associated with breast implants.
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All types of breast reconstruction can be done either at the same time the cancerous breast is removed or later--even years later. Your doctor may suggest that one option is better for you, depending on your body and your health.
The process of breast reconstruction using implants may involve one or two stages, often depending on the individual patient's breast size.
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There are two main types of breast reconstruction: an implant reconstruction and a natural tissue reconstruction, known as "flap" procedures.
For many reasons, women may choose to live without breast reconstruction. They may feel comfortable with their bodies after their breast cancer surgeries or may not wish to undergo another procedure. Women who opt against breast reconstruction surgeries can either live without a breast replacement or use prosthesis.
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Flap reconstruction options use your existent tissue, taken from a different area of your body, to recreate the breast. One common flap procedure is known as TRAM, or traverse rectus abdominal muscle, flap reconstruction. To complete this operation, surgeons use tissue from your lower abdomen to create a new breast.
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Losing a breast to cancer can cause a number of emotional and physical effects for a woman. For many patients, surgical reconstruction can help restore some of what was lost during a mastectomy.