Breast Reconstruction is performed commonly following post cancer treatments, for congenital abnormalities of the breasts (Poland’s syndrome, tubular constricted breasts) and for post-traumatic reasons. Reconstruction of a breast that has been removed due to cancer is covered by insurances. In select individuals Dr. Volpe is able to create a breast that can come close in form and appearance to a matching a natural breast. Frequently, reconstruction is possible iimediately following breast removal (mastectomy) so the patient wakes up with a breast mound already in place, having been spared the experience of seeing herself with no breast at all. But bear in mind, post-mastectomy breast reconstruction is not a simple procedure. There are often many options to consider to determine what’s best for you.
Common breast reconstruction techniques include theTRAM flap techniques. Latissimus dorsi technique, and the use of tissue expanders and gel filled breast implants. Fat grafting for partial or total breast reconstruction is also becoming a more studied technique.