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Breast Cancer Treatment Options: Breast Reconstruction

Breast reconstruction surgery involves creating a breast mound that comes as close as possible to the form and appearance of the natural breast. The goal of reconstructive surgery is to create a breast mound that matches the opposite breast and to achieve symmetry. If both breasts have been removed, the goal of breast reconstructive surgery is to create both breast mounds approximately the size of the patient's natural breasts.

Types

You will be counseled in breast reconstructive possibilities prior to mastectomy, so that you make the decision for or against reconstruction before going into surgery. Based on your personal medical history, a recommendation will be made for either:

The two most effective approaches available for reconstruction are:

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