About Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy:
Mastectomy is the surgical removal of the entire breast.
There are different types of mastectomy including total, skin-sparing (SSM), nipple-sparing (NSM)and radical. A lumpectomy is also called a partial mastectomy.
A new breast can be created at the time of the mastectomy (“immediate reconstruction”) or at a separate, later surgery (“delayed reconstruction.”)
For patients who choose reconstruction and wish to proceed as soon as possible, the immediate approach is usually possible. By combining the mastectomy and reconstructive operations, immediate reconstruction avoids an extra surgery and recovery period. Some patients find coping with mastectomy somewhat easier if they wake up afterwards with their reconstruction at least underway, if not completed.
Additional helpful links:
- What to ask your breast reconstruction surgeon
- When is breast reconstruction done?
- Types of Natural Tissue Breast Reconstruction Procedures
- Breast Reconstruction Insurance Coverage
- View a 3D Animation of the Breast Reconstruction Procedure
- Breast Reconstruction Before and After Pictures
More information about breast cancer can be found by viewing the 3D Animation below.
Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy 3D Animation Video:
To better understand surgical options for breast cancer, you may view the 3D Animation below.