You have proven yourself a fighter and have beaten breast cancer—however, the battle has yet to end. Even after surviving breast cancer, many women struggle to accept the dramatic changes that breast cancer has left them with. The cancer may be gone, but the extreme physical and emotional feelings linger for many breast cancer survivors.
At the office of Dr. Burke, we understand that there is an intimate relationship that exists between your self-esteem and body image. After a mastectomy, whether it is one breast or both, many women are uncertain and sometimes fearful to consider Breast Reconstruction. With many choices to be made, many are unsure where to begin.
In hopes of helping you, we addressed four or our most commonly asked of questions:
How are the breasts constructed?
Working to create a natural, symmetrical, and proportional breast, Dr. Burke uses either an implant or your own breast tissue to reconstruct your breasts. By listening to your goals, as well as working closely with your breast surgeon and oncologist, Dr. Burke will tailor a treatment plan to meet your unique needs and desires.
When is Breast Reconstruction performed?
Breast Reconstruction surgery can be performed either at the time of your mastectomy (immediate) or after (delayed). While some women choose to undergo reconstruction surgery at the same time of their mastectomy, others choose to wait until they have finished other cancer treatments such as radiation. If you do choose to wait, you are able to undergo Breast Reconstruction months and even years after your mastectomy. Neither one is better than the other—it is simply a matter of what works best for you both physically and emotionally.
Will I need more than one surgery?
Typically, yes. Often, breast reconstruction can consist of a series of operations and follow-up visits—usually lasting between nine months and one year. The exact number of procedures and length of time will depend on the type of reconstruction you choose, your individual recovery, as well as the overall look you are trying to achieve.
Does Breast Reconstruction make it harder to detect breast cancer?
Widely studied, there is no evidence that links breast reconstruction with a decrease in cancer detection. Along with your oncologist, Dr. Burke can suggest what types of exams and screenings are necessary.
Along with Dr. Burke, we strive to help you understand your reconstruction options. We understand that breast cancer is difficult enough on its own and that breast reconstruction can seem like an unnecessary stress. As you go about your breast reconstruction, we are careful to help rebuild your figure as well as to restore your self-confidence.
Caring for you is our goal. Dr. Burke’s supportive demeanor and expert reconstruction skills allow for a safe and comfortable space. We would love to work with you. Please schedule a consultation to learn more about the benefits of Breast Reconstruction surgery.