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Breast Reconstruction Surgery

Breast reconstruction attempts to recreate a breast mound in women who have had their breasts altered or removed during breast cancer surgery. The goal is to rebuild a natural-looking breast with symmetry to the other breast. Depending on the circumstances, breast reconstruction can be performed immediately after mastectomy or as a delayed procedure, anywhere from several weeks to years following mastectomy. Breast reconstruction typically requires more than one operative procedure, with additional surgeries to optimize symmetry or rebuild the nipple and areola.

There are several different methods of breast reconstruction, though the three most commonly used techniques include expander/implant reconstruction, latissimus flap reconstruction and TRAM flap reconstruction. Consultation with your plastic surgeon is necessary to determine which method best meets your individual needs. Depending on the technique used, breast reconstruction will require anywhere between one to several days of inpatient hospital care. Breast reconstruction, including any surgery performed to the opposite breast for symmetry, is generally covered by insurance.

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