Reconstructive Breast Surgery
Reconstructive breast surgery is one of the most common procedures that the plastic surgeon is called upon to perform. With nearly 140,000 new cases of breast cancer annually, the number of women seeking reconstruction is at an all time high. The first major decision is timing of the reconstruction.
It has become increasingly popular to reconstruct the breast at the same time as the mastectomy, thereby preventing a period of complete absence of the breast.
The emotional advantages to the patients are clear, but not all women are candidates for immediate reconstruction. The advantages and disadvantages of immediate reconstruction should be discussed with both the Oncology Surgeon and the Plastic Surgeon.