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Last Modified: December 13, 2011
How long can I wait to make a decision regarding reconstruction after a mastectomy? Must I decide before I have my surgery?
Brian Czerniecki, MD, Breast , responds:
You can do reconstruction at any point after treatment finished or can have immediate reconstruction at the time of mastectomy. You get best results with immediate reconstruction. You can always have reconstruction years later even if you did not plan on it upfront.
This question and answer was part of the OncoLink Brown Bag Chat. Series, View the Life After Breast Cancer transcript.
Jan 8, 2015 - For women undergoing breast reconstruction, autologous reconstruction leads to higher satisfaction than alloplastic reconstruction, although more women require secondary correction, according to a study published in the January issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.