Surgeon stresses importance of pre-mastectomy reconstruction discussion
October 28, 2010
Women who are diagnosed with breast cancer may benefit from having discussions with as many different specialists and surgeons as possible, yet the topic of breast reconstruction does not often come up until right before or right after, a mastectomy. Portland, Oregon's CBS affiliate KVAL reports that some experts suggest that patients consult a plastic surgeon before the initial operation.
The importance of a pre-mastectomy consultation comes from the fact that it can allow plastic surgeons to reshape the breast as close as possible to its original shape throughout the reconstruction process.
Preserving the existing skin of the breast so the plastic surgeon can use it directly afterwards during the reconstruction yields the best cosmetic results. Having a consultation also may lead to an increase in post-mastectomy reconstructions, something oncologist Dr Kristian Ferry says needs to happen, as only about 20 percent of mastectomies are reconstructed. Studies have shown that breast reconstruction positively affects body image and self-esteem for women undergoing mastectomies.
Patients who are considering breast reconstruction can visit The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery's website, which can act as a guide to finding a board-certified surgeon and understanding the procedure.
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), is recognized as the world’s leading organization devoted entirely to aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine of the face and body. ASAPS is comprised of over 2,600 Plastic Surgeons; active members are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (USA) or by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and have extensive training in the complete spectrum of surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures. International active members are certified by equivalent boards of their respective countries. All members worldwide adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and must meet stringent membership requirements.
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