What are the major types of breast reconstruction available to patients who have had breast cancer surgery?

Last Modified: May 8, 2009

Question:

Dear OncoLink "Ask The Experts,"

What are the major types of breast reconstruction available to patients who have had breast cancer surgery?

Answer:

Rachel McKenna, MSN, CRNP, Nurse Practitioner in the Division of Plastic Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital, responds:

There are 3 major types of breast reconstruction. The first is a tissue expander/implant reconstruction. The second uses all your own tissues, typically from the abdomen but can come from your buttock or thighs. The third, less common option is a combination of the 2 methods using your own tissue from the back, the latisimus muscle, plus an implant underneath.

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