Unfortunately breast cancer is on the rise and so is the number of breast reconstruction cases. Restoring women’s confidence and self-esteem is of utmost importance to Dr. Tattini at his Bloomington, Illinois office, and so this type of surgery is very rewarding for him. Breast reconstruction can be performed either at the time of the mastectomy or after. It can also be performed with expanders/implants or the patient’s own tissue. Dr. Tattini considers each patient’s goals and anatomy and develops a surgical plan specifically tailored for them.
There have been many advances in breast reconstruction surgery involving cadeveric dermis, shaped implants, immediate implant placement with nipple/skin sparing mastectomy, etc.
Dr. Tattini’s Ivy League training has allowed him to be able to offer his patients all of these breast reconstruction options with meticulous detail.
Breast Reconstruction Surgery Options
Breast reconstruction surgery is performed in many steps and there are two different surgery types. The amount of tissue on the wall of the chest will determine what type of surgery is best. Dr. Tattini will work with you during your breast reconstruction to determine which option is best for you. The two types of surgery are:
- Implant/Tissue-Expansion Reconstruction
- Autologous-Tissue Reconstruction
Contact Dr. Tattini today to schedule a consultation to determine which breast reconstruction surgery will work best for you.
Recovering After Breast Reconstruction
Recovery from breast reconstruction surgery varies depending on the type of procedure used, as well as whether the breast reconstruction immediately follows a mastectomy.
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How Long Will I Need To Recover After Breast Reconstruction Surgery?
Hospital stays can range from 1 to 6 days after surgery, and patients will be tired and sore for about 1-2 weeks. Overall, breast reconstruction recovery takes around 3-6 weeks.
Results After Breast Reconstruction
A breast that undergoes reconstruction will not look the same as it was originally. That being said, Dr. Tattini will attempt to match the size, shape, and position as closely as possible.
Should I Expect Changes In Sensation After Breast Reconstruction?
A reconstructed breast will also have little sensation, although there may be more sensation if autologous tissue is used instead of an implant.