Category Archives: Breast Reconstruction

Combining a breast reduction with a lumpectomy for breast cancer

There are instances when combining a breast reduction for improvement of symptoms of neck/shoulder/back pain along with lumpectomy for breast disease may be beneficial in particular patients.  Otherwise colloquially known as ‘oncoplastic’ surgery the combination of these procedures may be incorporated into a single procedure..

What is the most durable breast reconstruction?

A number of patients have asked this question, and it relates to the indicated type of breast reconstruction and each individual patient’s needs and history/physical.  Breast reconstruction that involves an implant (either tissue expander or silicone implant, or even with back muscle – latissimus muscle) versus autologous breast reconstruction (using one’s own tissue, most commonly […]

New study on patients chosing mastectomy

There was a new study presented recently at the American Society of Surgical Oncologists that younger patients appeared to chose mastectomy over lumpectomy as treatment for breast cancer.

Angelina Jolie’s Preventative Mastectomy with Breast Reconstruction

It was truly brave and certainly takes alot of courage for someone like Ms. Jolie to come forward to make her decision to have a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction public this past week.  It is a decision that takes a lot of time and discussion with one’s doctor, breast cancer specialist, geneticist, and GYN doctor.

Immediate versus Delayed Breast reconstruction

Immediate breast reconstruction is defined as a form of breast reconstruction (for instance, tissue expander, implant, autologous (DIEP or deep inferior epigastric perforator flap) or using one’s own tissue) at the same time as the mastectomy. Delayed reconstruction happens after a mastectomy and can be performed months or years after a mastectomy.

Types of breast reconstruction

There are 3 main types of reconstruction available – tissue expander/implant based breast reconstruction, autologous (using your own tissue) breast reconstruction and usually the abdominal area, and latissimus with implant based breast reconstruction.  Patients may be candidates for the types of reconstructions base on their medical history, physical examination, and treatment history.

Breast Reconstruction After Treatment for Breast Cancer

Do you have questions regarding breast reconstruction after treatment for breast cancer? My goal in this blog is to recount my patients’ experiences and to provide objective information regarding breast reconstruction. Breast reconstruction is one of the most commonly performed procedures in the world today. About 1 in 8 women develop invasive breast cancer during […]

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