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Saying NO to Artificial Breast Implants Is Now Easier for Nebraskan Women
27 Feb 2017

Saying NO to Artificial Breast Implants Is Now Easier for Nebraskan Women

In late 2016, Omaha, Nebraska scored big points for women. It became a site for a type of microvascular flap surgery for breast reconstruction after mastectomy. Creighton Medical Center offered it first. It uses a woman’s own tissue, instead of artificial breast implants, to reconstruct her breasts. Therefore, many women who seek the most natural look and feel after a mastectomy choose it. Yet until now,...

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Breast Reconstruction for Minority Women:  What’s Different and How Do We Fix It?
22 Sep 2016

Breast Reconstruction for Minority Women: What’s Different and How Do We Fix It?

Submitted by Dr. Frank J. DellaCroce, ITC Advisory Board Member and MD, FACS, from the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery, New Orleans, LA www.breastcenter.com For women who’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, the emotional blow of mastectomy and the sense of loss that comes with it can leave scars that go far beyond the surface. The daily reminders in the mirror, brought by the empty, scarred chest, can leave a profound feeling...

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Autologous Breast Reconstruction and Racial Disparity
14 Sep 2016

Autologous Breast Reconstruction and Racial Disparity

As part of our African American breast cancer focus with BWHI this month, we’re taking a look at breast reconstruction and racial disparity. African American women are twice as likely as Caucasian women to choose autologous breast reconstruction. Autologous breast reconstruction is a procedure that uses the woman’s own tissue to reconstruct the breast form. The tissue is taken from another part of her body.   ...

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Autologous Reconstruction Recovery: What to Expect
18 Jun 2016

Autologous Reconstruction Recovery: What to Expect

Many women who want to have their breast reconstructed in the most “natural” way possible will choose autologous reconstruction. This method uses their own tissue, as opposed to implant reconstruction. The multiple surgical sites required for autologous reconstruction may leave you uncertain about recovery following the procedure. This is completely normal. We hope that by including some basic information about recovering after autologous reconstruction, we can help calm some...

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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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Autologous Breast Reconstruction: A Closer Look
26 Mar 2016

Autologous Breast Reconstruction: A Closer Look

The decision to undergo breast reconstruction is a deeply personal one and for many women who are looking into autologous breast reconstruction, the process can also be confusing and daunting due to the number of possibilities that may be available. Autologous reconstruction uses a woman’s own body tissue to reconstruct a new breast and it creates a more natural-feeling breast. As with breast implants, this...

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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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