Making a decision about breast reconstrution is incredibly difficult. Since breast surgeons appropriately offer this option to women who are planning a mastectomy, and since immediate reconstruction is usually one of the choices, there is time pressure amid a very stressful and anxious period. No one is thinking her most clearly around the time of a breast cancer diagnosis. There are a number of options, and individual plastic surgeons often have a personal choice which may be strongly suggested. Partly for this reason, I always suggest meeting with at least two before making a final decision. It is also always very helpful to talk with other women who have been through the kind of reconstruction which you are considering. You always hear something different from the patient than from the doctor!
Remember, too, that, although immediate reconstruction is usually possible and will save another surgery and hospital stay, it is also possible to delay the process. Some women find it simpler to deal with the cancer first and then circle back, after treatment is done, to consider reconstruction options. Plastic surgeons generally say that the cosmetic results will be better if it is done simulataneously with the mastectomy, but this may or may not always be the case. It is also possible to opt for no reconstruction. Women considering this should look at www.breastfree.org
If you are in the midst of this crisis or are just interested, you should sign up for this free teleconference offered by Living Beyond Breast Cancer. Here is the information:
Breast Reconstruction: Considering Your Options
When: Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Noon - 1:00 p.m.
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During this free teleconference, Frederick J. Duffy, Jr., MD, FACS, will discuss the latest breast and nipple reconstruction methods and how to make the right decisions for you, whether you are exploring your initial options or secondary surgeries. In addition, you'll learn:
- How to select the surgical method best for you
- Questions to ask before and after surgery
- What to expect before surgery and during recovery
About the Speaker
Dr. Duffy is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon at the Texas Center for Breast Reconstruction in Dallas, Texas. His practice focuses on reconstructive procedures, particularly those of breast reconstruction. Dr. Duffy is board certified in plastic surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Texas Medical Association, the Dallas County Medical Society and the Board Certified Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeons of Dallas. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
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