Why do people choose flap reconstruction after breast cancer surgery?
Dear OncoLink "Ask The Experts,"
Why do people choose flap reconstruction after breast cancer surgery? Doesn’t it take longer to recover from than breast implant surgery?
Rachel McKenna, MSN, CRNP, Nurse Practitioner in the Division of Plastic Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital, responds:
It is true that breast reconstruction using a free flap is more work up front; you are in the hospital for longer (usually 4 days) and has a longer recovery, 6 weeks. However there are many advantages to this type of breast reconstruction. Below is a brief summary of advantages and disadvantages. However, you will need to speak to your surgeon to decide the best type of reconstruction for you.
Advantages of a free flap breast reconstruction:
Disadvantages of a free flap reconstruction:
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