If you are one of the thousands of women who have one or both breasts removed for a cancer-related condition, you will want to consider breast reconstruction surgery.
The decision of whether to undergo breast reconstruction is extremely personal. Most women cannot imagine not getting breast reconstruction. Some women prefer to put on a prosthesis while others may choose not to. And still others may go for quite a while without breast reconstruction and then come to a decision to get the reconstruction.
Breast reconstruction is a surgical procedure, performed by an experienced and qualified plastic surgeon, to restore the shape and appearance of your breasts after having complete or partial breast removal surgery (mastectomy).
Breast reconstruction has made a huge difference both physically and emotionally to a lot of women who had mastectomies. But it is essential for you to understand the limits of the surgery prior to deciding to have one.
The reconstruction produces a brand new breast however, it is not natural – it is not going to have adequate sensation. When you (or another person) touch it, it will feel normal to your hand, but it gets not much sensation itself.
This surgery is an excellent option to think about. The majority of women feel that undergoing the surgery is worth it, mainly because it becomes more convenient to wear certain types of clothing. For a lot of women, reconstruction equally provides another significant purpose – it helps them place their cancer experiences behind them. At the same time, not everybody is happy with reconstruction.
The decision to undergo the surgery is highly individual. Before making a decision, be certain to become as knowledgeable as you can be about the different procedures and what they involve. You will next have to decide what you want done and when you want to have it done.
When to Have the Surgery
One of the decisions you will have to make is when you want the reconstruction to be done. The reconstruction can be done just after the mastectomy or it can be done at a later time.
The benefit of having it done immediately is that you won’t need yet another surgery later. Women who decide to have the reconstruction done at a later point in time are those that haven’t yet decided if they want to have reconstruction or who do not yet feel emotionally ready to take that step.