Breast Cancer Surgery and Reconstruction
A breast cancer diagnosis can turn a woman’s world upside down, and access to quality medical care is paramount to reducing stress, and achieving the best possible outcome. At Surgery Group of Grand Island, we’re committed to helping breast cancer patients navigate the potentially overwhelming treatment process, and provide all the surgical options they deserve.
Surgery plays a significant role in breast cancer treatments, and depending on the factors of her disease, a woman can choose between partial mastectomy, which conserves breast tissue, and a more complete full mastectomy. She may also want to consider reconstruction, which addresses the side effects of mastectomy surgery.
Breast Reconstruction Process
The vast majority of breast reconstruction involves implants. The process begins with a tissue expander that is put in place during mastectomy surgery. Fluid is added to the expander during office visits over a period of time, and a second stage surgery is planned when the expander reaches the desired volume.
During the second surgery, the expander is removed, and the final implant is inserted. A nipple projection can then be created, with the areola tattooed to recreate the nipple/areola complex. The entire reconstruction process typically takes around six months to complete.
The physicians at Surgery Group of Grand Island will discuss all surgical options in a compassionate-yet-straight forward way. Our goal is to provide breast cancer patients with the best possible care, close to their home and family.