Women who are diagnosed with breast cancer and undergo a mastectomy can be comforted in knowing that great advances have been made in reconstructive surgery. Today, it is possible for women to have their breasts restored so that they appear natural and attractive after cancer treatment. Our surgeons, Dr. Hart and Dr. Connors are both breast reconstruction specialist offering Atlanta women the chance to regain their confidence through this specialized surgery. The discussion of breast restoration often begins at the time of cancer diagnosis. Our team will work with the cancer surgeon so that a mutual goal will be set, and the best outcome can be attained.
- Recovery Time: 4-6 Weeks
- Post-op Follow-up: 2 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location: Inpatient
Breast reconstruction surgery is performed under general anesthesia at an accredited surgical facility. Some patients may be required to stay in the hospital to be monitored for complications. Patients who have had reconstruction using a flap technique will usually be required to stay in the hospital for 2-5 days. The recovery process can be somewhat lengthy, but many view it as the final step in their cancer journey thus the experience can be very rewarding. Most women are thankful to have had the opportunity to restore their breasts and are satisfied with their results.
Breast Reconstruction FAQs
This is a very specialized surgery that requires extensive knowledge, skill, and experience. It is very important to research and find a qualified and reputable plastic surgeon who has experience with breast reconstruction surgery.
Can I Delay This Surgery?
In many situations, it is recommended to start the reconstruction process at the same time as the mastectomy. Therefore, it is a good idea to have your breast cancer surgeon and your plastic surgeon begin communicating about the steps that will follow. An advantage of doing the procedure immediately is waking up from your mastectomy surgery with the reconstruction process in place. The soft tissue that surrounds the breast will heal simultaneously with the reconstruction, which can enhance the final results.
A reconstructed breast will not have the same sensation as the breast did before the mastectomy. However, over time, some of this sensation will return to normal. This will depend on the extent of the reconstruction process and will vary by patient.