Breast reconstruction is available to most women who have undergone a mastectomy due to breast cancer or another disease. The best candidates for breast reconstruction are those whose cancer seems to have been eliminated by mastectomy.
Dr. Siwy performs breast reconstruction for patients after they have had their mastectomy. Dr. Siwy typically uses implants for this procedure. Because of the traumatic nature of this event for her patients, she prefers to discuss the details of her approach and options that are available in a one-on-one counseling session and has limited details on her website. Please call her for a private appointment.
As with most surgery, bleeding, excess fluids, excessive scar tissue, or anesthesia complications can occur during breast reconstruction. If a breast implant is used, there is a remote possibility of infection. In some cases, the breast implant may need to be removed for several months until the infection clears. A new implant is then inserted later.
The most common problem following breast surgery involving implants, capsular contracture, occurs if the scar or capsule around the implant begins to tighten. This squeezing of the soft implant can cause the breast to feel hard. However, capsular contracture can be treated, usually with surgery. Breast reconstruction has no known effect on the recurrence of disease in the breast, nor does it generally interfere with chemotherapy or radiation treatment should cancer recur.