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Breast Reconstruction Surgery Can Be An Emotional Life Saver Following A Mastectomy

April 21, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 115

After being diagnosed with breast cancer, many women will opt for a mastectomy, a surgical procedure in which one or both breasts are removed. Many of these women will almost always immediately have surgical reconstruction in order to rebuild and reshape the appearance of the lost breast tissue. This surgical reconstruction is nearly always conducted immediately after the mastectomy surgery has been performed in order so as to save the woman from having to undergo a second operation.

During the mastectomy surgery all of the breast tissue is usually removed as well as some of the surrounding tissue. Sometimes a woman will need to have both breasts removed and this can be a traumatic experience both physically and psychologically for a woman. Many women find that once they have lost one or both breasts to a mastectomy that they have been emotionally devastated and some report that they no longer feel like a woman at all. It is, therefore, very important that breast reconstruction surgery be offered to any woman who is faced with having to have a mastectomy so that they are ale to restore their pre-surgery appearance as soon as possible.

Recent studies have shown that women who undergo immediate breast reconstruction surgery following a mastectomy are not forced to delay their post-operative chemotherapy treatment. They have also been shown to not have any increase in recovery time from the mastectomy operation. Breast reconstruction surgery has also been shown not to pose any issues when it comes to diagnosing any local cancer reoccurrences that may occur in breast tissue that is not removed during the mastectomy surgery.

Having breast reconstruction surgery immediately following mastectomy surgery allows a woman to have their entire surgical process finished in just one surgical experience.

Breast reconstruction surgery after mastectomy will restore a woman's shape

Having this reconstructive surgery will allow a woman to restore her symmetrical appearance. Many women also consider having the remaining breast lifted or augmented during the surgical procedure. Any woman who is considering such an augmentation procedure should discuss it with her surgeon.

During the breast reconstruction surgery, the surgeon make take sin and/or fat deposits from either your abdomen or back to use in the new breast mound he or she will create. He or she will also implant a breast implant made of either saline or gel into your chest cavity. The choice between the two different types of implants will often be determined by your physical anatomy and the surgeon's preferences for the finished look.

A woman who is considering breast reconstruction surgery should realize that she will not have the same kind of sensation in her newly reconstructed breast tissue. She will also be able to see visible incision lines from both the mastectomy and the reconstructive surgery but those will fade as time passes.

Many women's breasts are tied to their self-esteem

Most women's breasts are heavily tied to their feelings of self-esteem so going through the process of losing one or both can be an extremely emotional experience. Having breast reconstruction surgery will free her from the issues of being disfigured or having to deal with using breast prostheses. She will be able to return to wearing her own wardrobe without any problems.

Not all cancer surgeons are qualified to provide reconstruction surgery at the same time as they are also performing a mastectomy. Before agreeing to this type of reconstructive surgery be sure that you discuss all the risks and benefits with your surgeon. For some women, though, this type of surgery gives them the necessary emotional strength to fight their illness. It can be a good way for a woman to feel better about her body after her mastectomy and can help improve her quality of life.

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