Breast Reconstruction: More Choices and Better Outcomes
New treatments and improved reconstructive surgery mean that women who have breast cancer today have more choices and better outcomes than in the past.
Today, many women with breast cancer choose surgery that removes only the tumor and a portion of the healthy tissue that surrounds it. This is referred to as breast conservation surgery, lumpectomy or segmental mastectomy. Unfortunately, not all women are able to have breast conservation surgery, or they prefer to have the entire breast removed. There are different types of mastectomies, some of which save the skin and even the nipple and areola. Women who have a mastectomy may choose reconstructive surgery to rebuild the shape and look of the breast.
If you are thinking about having breast reconstructive surgery, it’s important to talk through the procedure with your surgeon and a plastic surgeon experienced in breast reconstruction before the surgery to remove the tumor or breast. Dr. Le’s advanced training in plastic and reconstructive surgery allows him to work with you and other surgical team members to plan the best treatment for you.
It’s understandable that you may not want to think about reconstruction while coping with cancer. If this is the case, you might choose to wait until after your breast cancer surgery to decide about reconstruction. Dr. Le and the staff at Plastic and Hand Surgery of North Texas are with you every step of the way. We’ll provide information on your reconstruction options, including the muscle-sparing DIEP flap, TRAM flap and other procedures — for when the time is right for you.
Source: American Cancer Society