22 Jun BREAST RECONSTRUCTION: Getting Your Breasts Back
You’ve heard of Breast Augmentation, and Breast Reduction procedures. But what does Breast Reconstruction entail? Let us explain what happens from beginning to end and how you can regain your breasts after cancer.
What is Breast Reconstruction?
Breast Reconstruction is a procedure that is performed post Mastectomy or Lumpectomy. The removal of cancerous tissue can leave women missing part or all of their breast, therefore diminishing their confidence in the process. A Breast Reconstruction can restore this sense of confidence whilst restoring the breasts to a womanly shape and size post cancer treatment.
What happens after I book my initial consultation?
During your initial consultation, Dr Morris Ritz will conduct a thorough assessment of your situation. Through in depth discussions he will then understand what you desire and explain the courses of action to reach your goals, whilst creating realistic expectations.
A Breast Reconstruction can occur post Mastectomy or Lumpectomy or immediately afterward while you are still admitted to hospital, allowing your body to undergo one healing process instead of two. Dr Ritz will discuss all options with you in order for you to make the decision that is right for you.
There are several different options for Breast Reconstruction, with Dr Morris Ritz tailor-making the procedure to suit each individual patient. Some options when restoring the breasts include:
- The use of an implant
- An autologous tissue donation, in the form of a TRAM flap (taking muscle, tissue and skin from the Abdomen)
- A DIEP flap (taking skin and tissue from the Abdomen)
- Lat Dorsi flap (taking skin, muscle and tissue from the upper back)
- Fat grafting (where fat is extracted from areas on the body and re-injected into the Breast to add natural-looking shape and volume)
- Blood vessels may also be taken from the areas listed above
All of the above options will be explained and discussed during your initial consultations, where Dr Ritz will also answer any questions you may have.
What does the surgery entail?
You will be admitted into hospital two hours prior to surgery taking place, with some patients being admitted earlier depending on their personalised situation. Due to each situation being completely unique, the details of surgery are dramatically different for each patient. However, Dr Morris Ritz will see you prior to surgery, draw the necessary markings before you see the anaesthetist. Once surgery is complete, you will receive adequate time to rest before returning home, with some patients staying in hospital for up to one week for monitoring and healing.
How long will I need to take off work?
After surgery has taken place, you will not be permitted to drive for at least two weeks, with physical exercise being limited for up to six weeks, depending on your recovery process.
Depending on your personal recovery journey, Dr Ritz will advise when it is safe to return to your everyday activities.
Where to from here?
The first step in your Breast Reconstruction journey is your consultation. Here Dr Morris Ritz can formulate a plan, understand your situation and goals and you will have the opportunity to have all of your questions answered.
We see our role in your recovery and Breast Reconstruction a positive and important one; offering support, information and professional advice at every turn. Call Dr Ritz and the team today to learn more about our Breast Reconstruction procedures and to schedule your consultation, (03) 9508 9503.