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We understand that losing a breast due to cancer is often a physically and emotionally painful time for women and their families. It is our desire to give you compassionate care throughout the entire reconstructive proccess.
There are several options for reconstructing the breast(s) following mastectomy or lumpectomy. Those options include:
TRAM Flap - utilizes muscle, fat and skin from the abdomen is used to re-construct a breast mound.
Latissimus Dorsi Flap - utilizes muscle, fat and skin from the back to re-construct a breast mound or to provide cover and support an implant.
Tissue Expansion - an expander is used to stretch healthy tissue to create a pocket for a permanent implant that will be placed during a second surgery.
Breast Implant - an implant can be used in conjunction with a flap or tissue expansion.
Nipple/Areola Reconstruction - complete the reconstruction by re-creating a nipple and areola on the breast.
Visit the American Society of Plastic Surgeons website for a complete description of the above procedures.
Please note that not everyone is a candidate for all of the above-mentioned procedures. During your consultation with "Dr. Joe," he will present to you your reconstructive options and take time to address any questions or concerns you and your family may have.