Many breast cancer survivors considered "should I have breast reconstruction after mastectomy?" And it is worth considering. The procedure aims to make new breasts with similar size and shape after removing the breast tissue.
The ideal candidate for Breast Reconstruction After Cancer
You can have immediate breast reconstruction after mastectomy for cancer.
Breast reconstruction after cancer treatment will take 1 - 6 hours.
For the first two weeks after the surgery, you will feel fatigued, and you should rest. If you decided to have breast reconstruction using flaps, the fatigue could be longer than two weeks. Your doctor will prescribe medication to manage any pain and discomfort.
Depending on your case and surgery option, you can expect to return home 2 - 3 days after the surgery. Follow your doctor's instructions to speed up your recovery. You might be discharged with drains in place; a thin tube is placed in the treated area to drain any accumulated fluids like blood.
You will get back to your routine within six to eight weeks after the procedure. But if implants are used, your recovery could be faster. It will take a year or two to see the final results and scars to heal it.
Breast reconstruction after cancer has a success rate of 98%
Women who don't want breast reconstruction after surgery have two options:
Breast reconstruction is a surgery performed on patients who had mastectomy or lumpectomy to recreate the patient's breast. Sometimes it needs many surgeries, and your surgeon can use a few techniques depending on your case; some use silicone or saline breast implants.
Another method uses a flap of tissues from your body (lower belly).
Breast reconstruction surgery is a standard procedure after treating breast cancer. It could happen months or years later.
There are three main techniques for making a new breast after mastectomy for cancer:
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We will plan and arrange the procedure to suit your preferences and needs and match you with the best breast reconstruction specialist available in Turkey. There are a few primary steps involved in this procedure. Here is what you can expect:
Your surgeon will give you general anesthesia, and you won't feel any pain during the surgery. If you have a mastectomy or lumpectomy, your surgeon will do that procedure first.
If you're getting implant reconstruction, they place the implant in your chest. If you're having a flap procedure, they take tissue from one part of your body and put the new breast.
Your surgeon may insert a drain (a thin tube) under your skin. One end of the tube sticks out from your chest. The tube drains fluid and blood as you recover. Your doctor will remove the tubes when you don't need them anymore.
After surgery, you may need to stay in the hospital for up to a week. Your team of providers will watch you ensure you're healing. You may wear a surgical bra. As your breasts heal, the bra supports your breasts and reduces swelling. When it's time to go home, your doctor will explain how to care for yourself.
How do they reconstruct the breast after cancer surgery?
The breast can be reconstructed using implants like silicone or saline. Another approach is using tissues from a donor area from your body part to rebuild the breast tissue; this method is called flaps.
Who qualifies for breast reconstruction?
You're a good candidate if you can cope well with your diagnoses and treatment. And don't suffer from any severe illness that will impair healing.
How long does it take to recover from reconstructive breast surgery?
Recovery will differ from one patient to another, depending on the surgical approach. If you're using implants to reconstruct the breast tissue, you will experience faster recovery than flaps.
But typically, you can get back to normal activities 6 - 8 weeks after the surgery.
How painful is delayed breast reconstruction?
Having delayed breast construction have certain advantages and disadvantages. For example, an advantage will be you have more time to look at your options and discuss them with a specialist surgeon.
And a disadvantage will be you might have a more prominent scar on the reconstructed breast than after immediate reconstruction. Discuss with your doctor the best approach that fits your needs.
Is breast reconstruction after cancer cost abroad affordable?
In general, yes the procedure will be more affordable abroad and cost less in popular medical tourism locations like Turkey. But there are some factors that affect the breast reconstruction surgery cost like the location of the clinics, the surgeon's experience, and the technique used.
Our team will dedicate their effort and time to help you choose the clinic best for you. Our goal is not just to find ‘a doctor’ for you, but to find ‘the right doctor’.