There are several techniques to reconstruct a breast after mastectomy. In preoperative consultations Dr. Fater will work with you to develop a plan to meet your needs and expectations. Reconstruction can be performed immediately, in conjunction with mastectomy, or delayed, after the mastectomy and postoperative care are completed. The timing of the reconstruction is determined prior to the mastectomy. Breast reconstruction is a major procedure requiring general anesthesia and a postoperative hospital stay at Cape Cod Hospital for 2-3 days.
Techniques for breast reconstruction have evolved over the years. Common techniques may involve breast implants, usually silicone with or without a period of tissue expansion to “create” skin. Autologous flaps can also be used from the patient’s body – abdominal or back tissue – to create a breast. Occasionally fat grafting is used to fabricate a breast or to complement another technique.