Many options available for breast reconstruction patients
October 25, 2010
Due to developments in techniques over the last several decades, women who undergo breast reconstruction after a mastectomy now have more options available to them than in years past.
Some innovations have allowed patients such as Cherry Hill, New Jersey, resident Sharon Seidner to have the mastectomy and reconstruction in the same day, which saved her numerous trips to the hospital, according to CourierPostOnline.com, a Southern New Jersey news outlet.
"With the [tissue] expanders, you have to go back and forth [to the operating room] quite a few times," Seidner told the news source. "The other [flap reconstruction] was a one-shot deal and I opted for that."
Flap reconstruction uses skin from other areas of the body to reconstruct the breast, and may look more natural than the tissue expander, the news provider reports.
If cleared by their doctors, some women have breast reconstruction right after a mastectomy, where the plastic surgeon uses the remaining skin from surgery to construct the new breast.
Individuals considering breast reconstruction should schedule a consultation with a board certified member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. All surgeons who are members of ASAPS are qualified to perform cosmetic surgical and nonsurgical procedures.
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