The Texas Center for Breast Reconstruction is a leading expert in breast reconstruction following a mastectomy. One of the first questions many Dallas mastectomy patients have is what actually happens during the procedure? Of course, the answer to this question depends entirely on your unique circumstances. But we wanted to at least give some general information about what different types of mastectomy procedures there are.
If you’re getting ready for a mastectomy in Dallas and are considering breast reconstruction after the surgery, please do give us a call. We know this process is incredibly personal but we would love to answer any questions you have about transitioning from your mastectomy to a reconstruction.
Options for Dallas Mastectomy Patients
These are just a couple of the possible mastectomy procedures that your Dallas mastectomy surgeon could offer. As we said above, your doctor will discuss which procedure is appropriate for your particular circumstances.
- Simple mastectomy – In this case, all the breast tissue is removed as well as the nipple, and areola. The pectoralis or chest muscle is not removed and no lymph nodes are taken.
- Modified radical mastectomy – In this procedure, the entire breast, areola, and nipple are removed along with the lymph nodes under the arm. This procedure is often recommended for more advanced forms of breast cancer.
- Nipple sparing mastectomy – This is a newer type of mastectomy procedure and is not appropriate in all cases. For select patients, the surgeon will attempt to save the nipple and areola if possible.
If you’re a Dallas mastectomy patient and thinking of getting breast reconstruction, contact us today.
Breast reconstruction can be a beautiful and restorative process after a mastectomy. Dallas patients who visit our office have many questions about what the various options are for breast reconstruction after a mastectomy procedure. Your options vary depending on what type of mastectomy you’re having, your anatomy, and other factors.
The Texas Center for Breast Reconstruction is one of the few places in the nation that offer some of the procedures below for Dallas mastectomy patients. Give us a call to learn more or to set up a consultation where we can answer any questions you have and find out about your unique circumstances.
Reconstruction Options for Dallas Mastectomy Patients
The reconstruction options for Dallas mastectomy patients fall into two categories: implants or tissue flaps. Sometimes we recommend a patient use only one procedure while others can use a combination of both.
- Tissue flaps – There are several different types of flap reconstruction options and they involve taking tissue from the buttocks, abdomen, back of shoulder, or thigh and using it to reconstruct the breast. Several of these procedures require microsurgical training that only a few doctors in the nation have, including Dr. McKane and Dr. Duffy.
- Implants – After a mastectomy, there is often not enough tissue to accommodate an implant. For many women, a tissue expander is required to make room for the implant. From there, the patient can determine which type of implant (silicone or saline) they prefer.
If you’re getting ready to undergo a mastectomy and are wondering if breast reconstruction is right for you, call us here at the Texas Center for Breast Reconstruction. We are one of the top Dallas mastectomy breast reconstruction specialists in the entire country. We would love to answer any questions you have or schedule a preliminary consultation.
A woman’s breasts are a symbol of her femininity and a characteristic of her own unique beauty. When you lose a breast due to cancer or other reasons, you may be left feeling incomplete and even broken. The good news is that you don’t have to just accept your circumstances – you can change them for the better! Doctors McKane and Duffy at the Texas Center for Breast Reconstruction in Dallas are experts and are proud to offer every available method of reconstruction to help you on your journey to feeling whole again.
There are a variety of options available, both using implants and utilizing your body’s existing tissues, and your surgeon will consult with you to decide which option is best for your specific condition and body makeup. Through the reconstruction process, you’ll have a new breast that will leave you feeling more balanced, feminine, and whole. Though a reconstructed breast may never look exactly like the one you lost, it’s important to remember that even natural breasts are never completely symmetrical. That said, our surgeons are experts in their craft and will work to create a new breast that is as similar as possible to your own.
Are there any limitations of reconstruction?
The majority of patients are candidates for breast reconstruction, however conditions, such as advanced age, poor health, heavy smoking, morbid obesity, widely metastatic disease, and poorly controlled diabetes may preclude you from getting the procedure. You should understand that following a mastectomy, breast-feeding will not be possible and despite reconstruction the breast and nipple will not have sensation.
If you’ve lost a breast due to cancer or other reasons and are interested in breast reconstruction, Dallas area experts Dr. McKane and Dr. Duffy are ready to help. Call today for a consultation and take your first step toward feeling like you again!