A Life Changing Event
Being diagnosed with breast cancer is a life-changing event. As difficult as this time may be for you, Dr. Bosbous strives to provide each breast cancer patient with a positive environment in which to heal. If you have undergone or are planning to undergo a lumpectomy or mastectomy, there are several reconstruction procedures that can help restore your appearance, self-image and self-confidence. Dr. Bosbous works hard to make sure each woman reaches their reconstructive goals, and is there for each patients every step of the way.
Finding a Highly-Qualified Breast Reconstruction Surgeon in Milwaukee
Dr. Bosbous prides himself on the attention he gives his patients. Every woman who comes in to discuss her reconstructive options will be given a one-on-one consultation with the doctor. He will review your history and your cancer type/characteristics as well as perform a detailed examination. Dr. Bosbous will take the time to discuss your reconstructive options and recommend a personalized reconstruction plan to fit your specific needs.
Types of Breast Reconstruction Surgery
There are two types of reconstruction surgery: delayed, and immediate. Immediate reconstruction surgery happens at the same time as a lumpectomy or mastectomy. Delayed procedures typically begin 3-6 months after your mastectomy/lumpectomy. Every case is different, but oftentimes delaying surgery is necessary to allow for further cancer treatment or to allow the treated tissues to recover prior to undergoing further reconstructive procedures.
The goal of your reconstructive procedure is to restore what was lost due to your cancer. This can be accomplished using implants, your own tissue or a combination of both.
Implant Based Reconstruction
The use of implants is the most common way to reconstruct a breast and is typically accomplished in a two-stage process beginning with the placement of a tissue expander (temporary spacer) and what is known as an acellular dermal matrix at the time of mastectomy. This is followed about 4-6 months later with removal of the expanders and placement of a permanent breast implant often in concert with fat grafting to soften the reconstructed breast contours.
Flap Based Reconstruction
Flap Based Reconstruction
Using your own tissue is known as “flap” surgery. Flaps come from various areas of the body including the back (latissimus dorsi) or the abdomen (TRAM flap or DIEP flap.) These flaps often can both restore the breast area and improve the contour of the abdomen or back. Flap based reconstruction of the breast may or may not require the addition of an implant and the procedures also are typically done in a two-stage fashion. The flap is transferred and shaped into a breast at the first stage followed 3-6 months later by a second stage procedure where any minor adjustments are made in the breast shape or volume.
Partial Breast Reconstruction
Those patients who choose to have a lumpectomy/partial mastectomy have reconstruction options as well. Immediate reconstruction can be accomplished by incorporating a breast reduction into the cancer resection. By reducing the non-cancerous breast you will achieve symmetry. Fat grafting is a relatively new procedure in which your own fat is removed through liposuction, processed and injected into areas of the breast that require additional volume or contour change. These types of procedures are commonly referred to as oncoplastic surgery.
Breast Reconstruction Procedures in Milwaukee
To learn more about the breast reconstruction procedures offered in Milwaukee through Dr. Bosbous, continue reading on one of the following procedure pages:
- Breast Reconstruction Surgery: This in-depth look at breast reconstruction surgery offers patients a great deal of information on this life-changing procedure.
- Breast Reconstruction Revision Surgery: Despite the high level of satisfaction associated with breast reconstruction procedures, occasionally patients may be unhappy with the size, shape or symmetry of the breasts after their reconstruction. Breast reconstruction revision is a procedure designed to successfully address any dissatisfaction.
To get started on your transformation, contact Dr. Bosbous today!