How It Works
An immediate reconstruction is completed at the same time as the mastectomy. Your oncologist completes the mastectomy, and the plastic surgeon performs the reconstruction during the same operation. This approach has several benefits, including avoiding a second surgery later on, and waking up to a reconstructed breast.
A delayed reconstruction takes place following the surgery. You may choose delayed reconstruction for any number of reasons, including feeling overwhelmed and desiring to focus upon beating the cancer before concentrating on reconstruction, or the need to complete ongoing treatments first.
The reconstruction may be completed using the patient’s own body tissues to rebuild the breast in one of several procedures, or using an implant. Your doctor will discuss the options and which one is right for you.