If you’re undergoing treatment for breast cancer, we understand that you likely want your life to get back to normal as soon as possible. One small way to make that happen for mastectomy patients is to have breast reconstruction. But if you’re still undergoing chemotherapy and radiation as part of your cancer treatment plan, is breast reconstruction even possible? Read on to learn more.
Dr. Comizio Always Puts Your Cancer Treatment Plan First
Breast cancer patients desiring a breast reconstruction should rest assured that when you’re working with Dr. Comizio to restore your breasts and give you back that sense of womanly wholeness, your cancer treatment plan always comes first. Dr. Comizio and her team work diligently with her patients’ oncologists to determine the best timing and solution for breast reconstruction. Dr. Comizio knows that while you may want your womanly figure back as soon as possible, your foremost priority is your health.
Breast Reconstruction Is Safe for Chemotherapy Patients
In years past, it was believed that New Jersey women should delay breast reconstruction until their chemotherapy treatments had ceased. That has changed. New research indicates that breast reconstruction – either with breast implants or flap reconstruction using your body’s own tissue, is completely safe if you are undergoing chemotherapy. Additionally, many chemotherapy patients who choose to have what is called immediate breast reconstruction, that is, breast reconstruction at the same time as a mastectomy, report that regaining their womanly physique helps boost their confidence and gives them extra energy as they are undergoing chemo treatments.
Breast Reconstruction Options for Radiation Patients
Radiation patients can have their breast reconstruction procedure performed using implants or their own body’s tissue, with some caveats. If you’re a breast cancer patient desiring an immediate breast reconstruction, breast implants are an option as is immediate breast reconstruction using flap reconstruction.
Available flap reconstruction surgeries for New Jersey breast reconstruction patients include:
- Latissimus Dorsi Flap
This procedure harvests tissue from your back to reconstruct your breasts. This is an ideal solution for women with small breasts because it allows them to match their former breast size and shape. Alternatively, this is a good solution for women who desire larger breast size because it can be combined with an implant to achieve a broad array of sizes and shapes. This procedure is done without microsurgery so it takes less anesthesia time to perform. This procedure is well suited for thin women, women who would like to avoid scarring on their abdomen, women who desire future pregnancies, and women who have had previous scarring on the abdomen.
- TRAM flap
This procedure harvests tissue from your lower abdomen to reconstruct your breasts. This is an ideal solution for women with natural droopy breasts because it allows them to match their former breast size and shape. This procedure is done without microsurgery so it takes less anesthesia time to perform.
- DIEP Flap
This procedure harvests tissue from your abdomen to reconstruct your breasts. This is an ideal solution for women with large natural breasts because it allows them to match their former breast size and shape.
- SIEA Flap
This procedure uses abdominal tissue from the lower abdomen. Due to the harvest site, New Jersey women who have had a C-section, hysterectomy or tummy tuck aren’t eligible for a SIEA flap breast reconstruction.
- SGAP Flap
If you don’t have sufficient tissue to harvest from your abdomen, you can consider a SGAP flap, which utilizes tissue from your upper buttocks and hips.
- PAP Flap
If you formerly had or currently desire small to medium sized breasts, a PAP flap might be right for you. Designed for New Jersey women who don’t have sufficient abdominal tissue to harvest, a PAP flap takes tissue from your thighs to reconstruction your breasts.
Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Comizio to Have All Your Questions Answered
Dr. Comizio understands that many breast cancer patients desiring a breast reconstruction surgery never thought they’d have plastic surgery, and therefore, have a lot of questions to ask. That’s exactly what she’s here for.
To schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Comizio so she can review your complete medical history, understand your cancer treatment plan, and recommend the best breast reconstruction surgery option for you, call her office in Northern New Jersey today at (973) 775-9248.