Results of a new study published in the online medical journal “Cancer” have shown that women who have had a post-mastectomy breast reconstruction with autologous or self-donated tissue may experience a meaningful increase in their personal well-being, beginning as early as 3 weeks after the completion of their reconstruction.
CANCER ANSWER TUESDAYS from Leif Rogers, M.D., FACS Breast Cancer is becoming a more common experience for many of us. Not only affecting our distant relatives and so-called friends-of-friends, but our sisters, our mothers, our grandmothers and ourselves. It’s become a reality for many who may have thought the disease wouldn’t touch them. Because it […]breast reconstruction, Leif Rogers
For a variety of reasons many women over the age of 60 are reluctant to have breast reconstruction following a mastectomy – the primary reason seems to be safety. This reluctance can reduce the chance for a full psychological recovery in these patients, but a recently published study offers some very good news for older women who need a mastectomy, but may be reluctant to undergo the procedure due to safety concerns.breast reconstruction, Leif Rogers
When recommending a mastectomy, your surgeon will give you the option of either an immediate or delayed reconstruction. There is no absolute right or wrong choice, just which option best suits your needs. Immediate breast reconstruction, as previously mentioned, involves reconstruction of the breast at the same time as breast cancer surgery. However, delayed breast reconstruction involves reconstruction months or even years after the cancer removal, all at the patient’s discretion and contingent on the extent of the surgery, general health of the patient and the desired outcome.breast reconstruction, Leif Rogers
Many women with breast cancer are faced with the possibility of having to get a mastectomy. Breast reconstruction can help restore a woman’s body following that surgery. There are many types of breast reconstruction techniques, some of which require a tissue expander to help create extra skin for an implant or new breast mound. For tissue expansion, a balloon is inserted into the chest and over the course of several months saline is periodically injected into the balloon, helping stimulate the body to grow extra skin. The tissue expansion process can be time and treatment intensive. Tissue expansion is preferable to a skin transplant because it offers a near-perfect match of skin color, sensation, and texturebreast reconstruction, Leif Rogers
A mastectomy is always a difficult surgery to face. In the past, women whose insurance coverage included the treatment of breast cancer were often forced to pay out of pocket for breast reconstruction following a mastectomy. However, with recent regulations, most insurance companies who pay for breast cancer treatment and mastectomy are now required to provide some type of coverage for breast reconstruction. Many patients are not aware of these regulation changes and a larger percentage than would be expected are not having reconstruction done immediately or in some cases, at all.breast reconstruction, insurance, Leif Rogers
Nipple tattooing can be done to even out the donated skin, for a more appropriate size and shape. Tattooing can also be done to darken donated skin or to create a significant portion of the areola or darkened patch around the nipple itself. With nipple reconstruction and tattooing it’s possible to shape and color the nipple to complement the new breast and improve the overall appearance.Breast Cancer, breast reconstruction, Leif Rogers, nipple tattoo
CANCER ANSWER TUESDAYS from Dr. Leif Rogers Breast reconstruction is performed following a mastectomy or other medical procedure that requires the removal of one or both breasts. In years past, a woman’s only option for regaining her pre-mastectomy appearance was to have either silicone or saline breast implants surgically placed. Some women, due to negative […]Breast Cancer, breast reconstruction, Leif Rogers