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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. 

Who Can Have Breast Reconstruction After Cancer 

The ideal candidate for Breast Reconstruction After Cancer 

  • If one or both of your breasts are removed because of cancer, and you want to restore them
  • Unhappy with breast reconstruction after mastectomy 
  • If you don't have severe illness or any medical condition that might impair the recovery process.
  • You're an ideal candidate if you have realistic goals and expectations about restoring your breast. 

You can have immediate breast reconstruction after mastectomy for cancer.

Treatment Duration

Breast reconstruction after cancer treatment will take 1 - 6 hours.

Breast Reconstruction After Cancer Risks & Side Effects

  • Loss of sensation in the treated area 
  • Implant rupture in the case of using breast implants 
  • Infection risks
  • Anesthesia risks: swelling and nausea
  • Pain and discomfort 
  • Numbness and tingling  

Breast Reconstruction After Cancer Recovery 

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 Success Rate:

Breast reconstruction after cancer has a success rate of 98%

Alternative Treatments

Women who don't want breast reconstruction after surgery have two options:

  • Using a breast form or prosthesis (inside the bra or attached to the body to wear under their clothes)
  • Going flat (not wearing a breast form)

 

How Does it Work?

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. 

Types of breast reconstruction after cancer (flap vs. implant):

There are three main techniques for making a new breast after mastectomy for cancer:

  • Using implants to replace all breast tissue 
  • Using tissue taken from another body part (known as flaps)
  • Using flaps and implants to compensate for removed breast tissue.  

We will ask you to send your photos as shown in the Photography Guide below to evaluate your case for your online consultation.

What Does Breast Reconstruction After Cancer Involve?

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:

1. Anesthesia

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.

2. The breast construction surgery 

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.

3. After the surgery 

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.

What Should I Expect After Breast Reconstruction After Cancer Treatment?

  • Immediately after the surgery, you will probably feel discomfort and pain. Your surgeon will prescribe medication to manage the pain. 
  • You can go back home after few days after the surgery. 
  • You may be discharged with one or more drains in place. 
  • Most women begin to feel better in weeks and can return to usual activities in a month.
  • Follow your doctor's instructions on the wound and drain care.
  • You should wear a support bra to minimize the swelling and support the breasts during the healing process.
  • You should use the medications given to you by the surgeon. They will prevent post-op pain and infections.
  • After the surgery, it would be best to keep your daily activities light.

Things You Should Consider Before Breast Reconstruction After Cancer

  • A week before the procedure, you should stop taking Aspirin and any other medication that causes blood thinning.
  • If you are allergic to any drugs, you should inform your surgeon as soon as possible.
  • Avoid smoking before the surgery.
  • Consuming any alcoholic beverages can affect anesthesia. So it would be best if you did not take in anything alcoholic before surgery.
  • Follow your doctor-prescribed medication that adjusts your current medicines. 

FAQ

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. 

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    From start to finish my experience with Flymedi was exceptional. The coordinator, Abud worked hard at finding the right surgeon for me. He was constantly in contact while I was away to ensure everything went smoothly. I honestly could not be happier with the company. Dr Ozge has done an exceptional job too. Thank you Abud for making me feel confident again!
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    Maribeth, Switzerland
    star star янв 2019
    I highly recommended flymedi.com. Mustafa was good assistance all the way through. From airport, hotel, and hospital. The surgeon who conduct the operation did a great job. I was hesitant at first and was scared what would be the result but waking up after the surgery I was surprised by his professionalism. As well as Mustafa was being present every time I needed him out anytime I could contacted him. He never fails. Thanks to Y'ALL guys.
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