Breast reconstruction surgery is a procedure that is performed following a mastectomy or lumpectomy to restore the appearance of the breasts. Before you undergo breast reconstruction, it is important to consult with your surgeon to learn more about the procedure and your surgeon’s background. By asking the right questions, you’ll have the relevant information. Hence, you’ll decide whether to proceed with the breast reconstruction procedure. Here are questions to start with.
Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Reconstruction?
Note that not everyone is a candidate for breast reconstruction. Your eligibility for the procedure is dependent on the type of cancer you have and your health. This question will tell you whether you can go for the procedure or look for an alternative.
What Type of Breast Reconstruction is Best for Me?
There are many types of breast reconstruction procedures. Some can be at the same time as lumpectomy or mastectomy. At Plastic Surgery Center of Maryland, P.A., we perform autologous breast reconstruction and breast implant reconstruction. Inquiring about the best type will ensure that you are happy with your option.
What are the Risks of Breast Reconstruction?
As with any surgical procedure, there are some possible risks for breast reconstruction. They include infection, bleeding, fluid under the wound, and flap failure. You’ll learn more regarding this topic during your consultations.
What Will My Breasts Look Like After Reconstruction?
To get a better idea of what to expect regarding results, you can ask your surgeon for before and after photos. The images are a great way to see the results your surgeon can achieve. Additionally, you’ll know whether they align with your personal appearance goals.
How Will My Reconstructed Breast Feel to the Touch?
Following breast reconstruction, there may be little to no sensation in your new breast(s). Discussing this with your surgeon will prepare you for the result.
How Long is the Recovery Time?
The determining factors of your recovery time include your health and the type of procedure done. During this time, you’ll need to avoid any strenuous activity. Dr. Rosenberg will let you know when you can resume your normal activities.
Will Reconstruction Interfere With Any Cancer Therapy?
A reconstructed breast can interfere with radiation therapy reaching the affected area. Yet, this is not the same for every patient. Be sure to inquire whether your breast reconstruction will interfere with your therapy treatment. It’ll help to know whether you should complete the therapy sessions before undergoing the procedure.
Contact Us Today
To ensure you get all the information about your breast reconstruction procedure, it is important to ask all the crucial questions. Book a consultation with Dr. Lawrence Rosenberg at The Plastic Surgery Center, P.A. in Lutherville, Ellicott City, or Crofton, Maryland today.