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Breast Reconstruction

Breast Reconstruction: Introduction

or other disease. Virtually any patient who loses their breast can have it rebuilt (with artificial implants and native tissue) through reconstructive surgery, but there are risks associated with any surgery. The surgery can take place immediately following the mastectomy or can be delayed....more »

Breast Reconstruction

Breast Reconstruction: Breast reconstruction is surgery to rebuild the breast after a mastectomy (removal of the breast). Breast reconstruction may occur at the time of the mastectomy or several months later. Reconstruction may require grafting a piece of the patient's skin, for example, from their abdomen or under the shoulder next to the armpit.

Medical Costs Report

Surgery Costs Report for Breast Reconstruction

Breast Reconstruction: Related Terms

Other medical terms related to medical conditions and procedures for Breast Reconstruction include:

Diseases And Conditions Treated: Breast Reconstruction

These diseases and conditions may be treated with the surgical procedure Breast Reconstruction:

Anesthetic Requirements for Breast Reconstruction

These surgical anesthetic requirements for the procedure Breast Reconstruction may include:

Procedure Complications: Breast Reconstruction

Possible surgical complications of Breast Reconstruction may include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Adverse reaction to anesthesia
  • Altered breast appearance
  • Unequal breast appearance
  • Implant displacement
  • Soreness
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Scar tissue around the implant
  • Implant deflation or rupture
  • Increased nipple sensitivity

Breast Reconstruction: Overview

What is Breast Reconstruction? Breast reconstruction is a series of surgical procedures performed to rebuild a breast. To rebuild a breast, surgeons may use a balloon-like expander and a saline or silicone implant. Another method is to use body tissue from other parts of your body to rebuild the breast. Reconstructions are commonly performed after portions of one or both breasts are removed as a treatment for breast cancer. Reconstruction may also be considered for other reasons such as a breast abnormality or an injury to the breast....more »

Breast Reconstruction: Treatment Options

Who are candidates for Breast Reconstruction? Breast reconstruction may be an option for women who have undergone breast removal. Because breast removal can have many emotional implications for women, breast reconstruction is considered to be an important part of therapy for women who have had breast cancer. The results of reconstruction are a natural looking breast which some women prefer over external prosthesis (false breast).

Women who are interested in changing the look and shape of their breasts might also consider reconstruction surgery....more »

Breast Reconstruction: Preparing for Surgery

What are alternatives to Breast Reconstruction? Non-surgical treatments include the use of external breast forms that fit into brassier cups or are attached to the skin of the chest....more »

Breast Reconstruction: Recovery After Surgery

What is the Breast Reconstruction recovery process? Your hospital stay, recovery period, and frequency of visits to the doctor after surgery will vary depending on the type of reconstruction. If the reconstruction procedure involves using body tissue from other parts of the body, longer hospitalization and recovery times should be expected compared to implant procedures. Procedures can also occur at an office facility and discharge will be the same day as surgery. You can expect the following after your procedure:

  • Close monitoring: Your doctor will closely monitor the circulation in your breast after surgery. If you undergo complete breast reconstruction, you may need an additional surgery to create a nipple and areola. Your bandages and drainage tubes will remain in place for at least a day.
  • Fatigue and soreness: You will feel tired and sore for a couple of weeks after surgery. Limit your activity a few days but avoid strenuous activities such as, overhead lifting, strenuous sports, and sexual activity for three to six weeks.
  • Scarring: Scars may remain red and raised for a month or longer. They will fade to their final appearance within one to two years. The final appearance of your breasts usually will not be visible for at least one year.
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Breast Reconstruction: Recovery Time

Recovery period for Breast Reconstruction: Four to six weeks.

Breast Reconstruction: Costs of Surgery

What is the cost of Breast Reconstruction? A variety of factors may influence the cost of the surgery. They include:

  • Insurance coverage
  • Pre-existing health
  • Insurance co-pay
  • Location of the facility

These factors vary depending on you and your situation.

The cost of each procedure can vary dramatically based upon age, location, gender, and insurance coverage. HealthGrades provides detailed cost estimates which include the costs of the procedure, drugs, hospital stay, and more. Each cost estimate is easy to understand and provides medical terms you need to know.

The detailed cost estimate for Breast Reconstruction, includes costs for:

  • Breast implant immediately following mastectomy or delayed to a later time
  • Nipple and areola reconstruction
  • Skin expander for breast reconstruction
  • Creation of flap using skin from upper back or any non-essential area
  • Creation of flap using tissue from lower abdominal wall with/without veins attached
  • and Creation of two flaps using lower abdomen wall with veins still attached.

Surgery Cost Report for Breast Reconstruction

Breast Reconstruction: Find a Surgeon or Specialist

Where can I find a Breast Reconstruction doctor or surgeon? Breast Reconstruction is typically performed by doctors specializing in Plastic Surgery. Nationally, there are 6607 practicing Plastic Surgeons. HealthGrades offers detailed physician reports to help you find a qualified Breast Reconstruction doctor or surgeon in your area, which includes disciplinary actions, patient feedback, background information, and more. Start your search now!

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Descriptions of Breast Reconstruction

Breast Reconstruction: Surgery to rebuild the shape of the breast after a mastectomy.
Source: National Institute of Health

Breast Reconstruction: Other Names

Other names for this medical surgical procedures (Breast Reconstruction) include:

  • Breast reconstruction after mastectomy
  • Reconstructive breast surgery

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