Breast reconstruction involves a total rebuild of the breast, either with the patient’s own tissue or with silicone or saline implants. Skin may need to be grafted from the abdomen or other areas, and a prosthetic nipple is often added.
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Conditions Treated with Breast Reconstruction:
Breast reconstruction is performed when the patient loses a breast or wishes to completely change their breast size and shape. Some patients have breast reconstruction following a mastectomy, or removal of the breast, due to breast cancer. Breast reconstruction can be performed immediately following a mastectomy or several months later.
There are no comparable non-surgical or surgical alternatives to breast reconstruction.
Anesthesia with Breast Reconstruction:
Breast reconstruction is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from Breast Reconstruction:
Possible risks of breast reconstruction include scarring, infection, bleeding and a negative reaction to the anesthesia that is used. It is also possible for patients to experience scar tissue, altered breast appearance, uneven breast size and increased nipple sensitivity. If an implant was used, it may deflate, rupture, or become displaced.
Recovery from Breast Reconstruction:
Total recovery time for breast reconstruction takes four to six weeks.