Before breast reconstruction, some patients turn to prosthetics
November 4, 2010
Some breast cancer patients may have to wait a certain length of time after a mastectomy to undergo breast reconstruction surgery. Dallas-based KDAF reports that many of the women turn to prosthetics in the interim to help fill the void.
One such patient is Susanna Moya, who was diagnosed with the disease at the young age of 21. She has had to undergo extensive treatment and surgery in an attempt to remove the cancer, but has had to push back her breast reconstruction on doctor's orders. She currently shops at a store that caters to women who have undergone mastectomies.
"It's very hard, we have women that six months to a year after their surgery still haven't had anything done because they're afraid - they don't know what to expect," proprietor Linda Hentz told the news source.
When Moya is cleared for breast reconstruction she, and others who are considering a similar treatment, should schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon to go over the procedure and risks involved.
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