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Breast Reconstruction

Breast reconstruction is a type of surgery for women who have had part or all of a breast removed, often due to a mastectomy or lumpectomy. The goal of reconstructive surgery is creating breast mound that comes as close as possible to the form and appearance of the natural breast.

When to have reconstructive surgery

Patients have a choice of having immediate reconstruction, in which the process of rebuilding the breast begins during the mastectomy or lumpectomy procedure, or having a separate procedure once initial surgery and other treatments are completed. We recommend that patients discuss their reconstruction options with their physician prior to any surgery.

Types of breast reconstruction:

There are two primary methods of reconstructive surgery: use of an implant or use of tissue from other parts of the body. The type of surgery that is most appropriate for you depends on a number of factors, so talk with your doctor about your options.

  • Implant procedures: Implants made of silicone or saline (or both) are inserted underneath the chest muscle
  • Tissue flap procedures: A breast mound is constructed using tissue taken from other parts of the body (e.g. abdomen, back, buttocks or thighs), which is then transplanted to the chest by reconnecting blood vessels in the chest.

Our Breast Reconstruction Surgical Team

CAMC’s skilled plastic surgeons are trained and experienced in performing complex breast reconstruction surgeries. Our goal is preserving the natural look and feel of a woman’s breast to help women in their continued healing.

As part of the comprehensive cancer care we provide our patients, our team of plastic surgeons works in conjunction with your oncology team to ensure comprehensive, coordinated care. Our physicians meet with patients to discuss breast reconstruction and which method might right for each woman. We take great care in discussing personal preferences, as well as the risks and benefits of surgery.