Breast reconstructive surgery after mastectomy
Breast reconstruction is a procedure used to restore a woman’s breast to a normal shape and size after mastectomy which refers to entire breast removal or after lumpectomy which refers to part breast removal. This can be achieved by either using the client’s own tissue or using implants. If the nipple and are also removed during the mastectomy, then both can be reconstructed following completion of breast mound reconstruction.
Although breast reconstruction is considered to be an integral part of the healing and recovery process, it is not appropriate for everyone. Reconstructive efforts should not interfere or complicate the treatment of breast cancer. The primary goal of the initial surgery is to treat breast cancer and at the same time plan for a reconstruction if the client is a good candidate.