Breast reconstruction after mastectomy (breast cancer)
Breast cancer is the most common malignant tumour in women and was formerly treated by total mastectomy. Nowadays in most situations of breast cancer mastectomy can be avoided. However, in some clinical situations by medical reasons a mastectomy still has to be performed. The immediate euphoria of having survived the primary treatment in many cases slowly leads into a period of depression with feelings to be mutilated and no longer a woman.
In this situation breast reconstruction can improve the quality of life supporting selfconfidence and the emotional status. For breast reconstruction a number of techniques have been developed. In our institution we pefer the secundary reconstruction with alloplastic material in two operation steps. In the primary operation a balloon-expander is inserted and during the following weeks filled with saline solution.
In this first operation additionally the remaining breast undergoes a reduction / lift to adjust the breast silhouette. The balloon-expander creates the pocket for the definitive implant which is inserted after 10 – 12 weeks.
In this second operation the surgeon, if necessary, can perform corrections of the implant pocket for a better adjustment. For completion the nipple-areola complex is reconstructed with the patient`s own tissue. If the surgeon is familiar with these techniques this is a simple and low risk procedure with a good standardization.
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Following your physician's instructions is key to the success of your surgery. It is important that the surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive force, swelling, abrasion or motion during the time of healing. Dr. Michel will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself. Additionally it is of major importance to comply with the rules of the follow up intervals.
Costs of your operation
As aesthetic and reconstructive surgery is always a very individual procedure the costs can vary widely according to the extent of the operation. A concrete price note can be given with the first appointment.
If financing is desired the best is to contact your bank. German institutions financing beauty procedures might be available too.