Breast reconstruction involves many decisions and choices, not the least of which is whether breast reconstruction is right for you. Some women feel as though they have lost a part of their femininity following a mastectomy while others don’t feel like dealing with a prosthesis for the rest of their lives. Whatever the reason, the decision is ultimately based on your needs, desires, and expectations. Not every woman facing a mastectomy feels the need for breast reconstruction, but for many it is an essential part of the recovery. Dr. McCormack understands that there are many options to choose from once you have determined that breast reconstruction is right for you. She will spend time discussing the various options available and guide you toward a decision based on your unique situation.
The Breast Reconstruction Process
It is important to remember that any breast reconstruction process will require multiple procedures. The number of surgeries will vary depending on the type of reconstruction you undergo. This is why it is so important that you feel comfortable with the plastic surgeon that you choose. You will become involved with multiple physicians during the course your treatment. This may include a general surgeon, medical oncologist, radiation oncologist, and plastic surgeon. Your team will work with you to guide you through the necessary steps toward recovery. We are able to help you network with other patients going through a similar situation and connect you with local support groups.
Breast reconstruction is accomplished in a variety of ways. These include autologous reconstruction (the use of your own tissue such as a TRAM flap or Latissimus flap) or implant/expander reconstruction. Dr. McCormack will assess your needs, anatomy and expectations to help guide you toward the best reconstruction for you.