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Recovery after Breast Reconstruction with Implants: Immediate Reconstruction
11 Jun 2016

Recovery after Breast Reconstruction with Implants: Immediate Reconstruction

As with any surgery, women who undergo breast reconstruction using implants will experience a recovery period. We cannot provide you with specific details regarding your particular recovery process (only your physician can do that). However, we can offer general information regarding recovery after breast reconstruction with implants. This information can help you to more thoroughly prepare for your surgery. It may also help you feel...

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Reconstruction After Breast Cancer: Yes or No? Who to Consult
28 May 2016

Reconstruction After Breast Cancer: Yes or No? Who to Consult

As we’ve said before, breast reconstruction is a personal choice. You never have to get reconstruction after breast cancer. If you change your mind later, you can always get it years after your mastectomy or lumpectomy.   That’s not to say you shouldn’t discuss your options with others.   Whether you’ve done research or not, you may feel a need to discuss your potential reconstruction with...

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ADM Breast Reconstruction: What Is It? Is It Safe?
21 May 2016

ADM Breast Reconstruction: What Is It? Is It Safe?

When it comes to breast reconstruction, it is often difficult to get results that look exactly like what you were picturing. This is especially true if your surgeon will be using implants and/or tissue expanders. Many surgeons struggle to get the proper breast shape and soft tissue support during implant-based reconstruction. This is in part so they avoid complications, such as capsular contracture. However, medicine...

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Delayed vs. Immediate Breast Reconstruction
23 Apr 2016

Delayed vs. Immediate Breast Reconstruction

Physicians don’t all agree when it comes to deciding on the perfect time to begin breast reconstruction after a mastectomy. Some physicians recommend immediate breast reconstruction, which is performed at the same time as the mastectomy. Or, they may recommend a delayed breast reconstruction that is performed maybe weeks or months later, if radiation is needed. Reconstruction can even take place years after the mastectomy....

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Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy: Yes or No?
16 Apr 2016

Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy: Yes or No?

If you haven’t thought it yet, at some point in your breast cancer journey you’re likely to come across the thought, “Isn’t it enough that I’m alive?” Yes. You’re alive! Absolutely, that’s more than enough to celebrate. Every single day you will have new hugs, new conversations, and new treasured moments that make being alive absolutely enough. BUT… it’s also okay to have dreams beyond survival. That’s why we’re having this conversation about...

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Breast Tissue Expander: Traditional and Newer Inventions
09 Apr 2016

Breast Tissue Expander: Traditional and Newer Inventions

When you are dealing with breast cancer, it may seem like there is a never ending barrage of new terms, techniques, and options that you need to learn about. For example, had you ever even heard of tissue expanders before your breast cancer diagnosis? Perhaps you still haven’t, but as tissue expanders are a very common medical device used during breast reconstruction, now is a...

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Immediate vs. Delayed Reconstruction: Making the Choice
19 Mar 2016

Immediate vs. Delayed Reconstruction: Making the Choice

The timing of a woman’s breast reconstruction procedure may seem like a minor detail when compared to many of the other choices they have to make during their diagnosis and treatment. However, making the final decision on timing is often a challenge, and for good reason. There are several factors that women must consider when deciding on reconstruction timing. At the end of the day,...

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Breast Implants: Common Complications
30 Jan 2016

Breast Implants: Common Complications

Receiving breast implants following a mastectomy is a popular breast reconstruction option that works for a variety of body types and women. However, it is not without its risks. Recent studies have reported that around one in three women experience post-surgical complications after having breast implants following a mastectomy, and that one in five women require surgery again after the initial procedure. Additional studies have...

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Breast Implants: A Closer Look
09 Jan 2016

Breast Implants: A Closer Look

From the moment you begin considering breast reconstruction, you will be faced with a bewilderingly large array of reconstruction types. In the past, implants were less popular than autologous reconstruction options (using a woman’s own tissue to recreate the new breast). Partially that was because from 1992-2006,  silicone implants were removed from the U.S. market, leaving women with only saline implants as an option. As...

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Breast Reconstruction: An Overview of Possibilities
26 Dec 2015

Breast Reconstruction: An Overview of Possibilities

A mastectomy is a life-altering surgery that affects both a woman’s body and often her sense of sexuality. Fortunately, the mastectomy doesn’t need to be the end of the story. One option you will be given as you work through your own comfort with your new (or future) body is breast reconstruction.   Procedure Timing If you have been recently diagnosed and are considering breast...

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