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Plan for Breast Reconstruction Surgery Before Your Mastectomy

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When a woman is told that she has breast cancer, it is likely to be emotionally overwhelming to her. Making subsequent important decisions is often difficult, if not overwhelming. This includes considering breast reconstruction surgery as part of the overall treatment.

If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer and have made the decision to undergo a mastectomy, it is likely that you are very concerned about how your body will look after surgery. While it may seem like a minor issue compared to the other things that you’re dealing with, rest assured that it’s not. 

Woman with mastectomy scar.

A woman’s sense of femininity is often tied to her breasts and the prospect of losing them can be quite difficult to accept. 

At the Arizona Center for Breast Surgery, we understand the emotional and physical aspects of deciding when to get breast reconstruction after a mastectomy. That’s why Dr. Turkeltaub offers several breast reconstruction options to fit your goals and desires. 

Whether you opt to undergo reconstruction immediately or further down the road, he will answer all of your questions and thoroughly guide you through the process from start to finish.

Planning Your Breast Reconstruction Surgery

No matter when you plan to have breast reconstruction surgery, you should select a reputable general surgeon specializing in therapeutic breast surgery who can perform your mastectomy. 

Your breast removal surgeon and your plastic surgeon, who will perform the reconstruction, can work together to help you obtain the results that you are seeking. 

There are several considerations to discuss with your oncologist and general surgeon while also exploring breast reconstruction options. These include:  

Breast Cancer Stage

If your cancer is more advanced, you may have to wait to undergo reconstruction so that additional therapies can start without delay after your mastectomy. In very advanced cases, reconstruction would be contraindicated.

Your Overall Medical Condition

If you have significant medical issues, it may not be a prudent choice to pursue reconstruction, either initially or ever. 

Your Personal Preference

You may want to start the breast reconstruction at the time of your mastectomy or wait until a later date to begin. 

Timing of Breast Reconstruction Surgery

When choosing the timing for your breast reconstruction, you typically have two options:

Advantages of Immediate Breast Reconstruction

Some benefits of immediate breast reconstruction include: 

Advantages of Delayed Breast Reconstruction

There are several advantages of pursuing delayed reconstruction. Some of these are:

Want to Learn More About Breast Reconstruction in Scottsdale, AZ?

When you’re considering breast reconstruction surgery, make sure you choose a reputable, highly experienced plastic surgeon. 

Dr. Turkeltaub is a plastic surgeon, board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, who specializes in breast procedures. With over 35 years of experience, he practices with compassion, experience and expertise as you deal with an incredibly challenging period in your life. 

For more information, call us today at 480-451-3000 or fill out our online contact form.