Breast reconstruction recreates a breast mound in women who have had their breasts altered or removed by breast cancer surgery. The goal is to rebuild a natural-looking breast that is symmetrical with the other breast.* Depending on the circumstances, breast reconstruction can begin immediately after mastectomy or as a delayed procedure, anywhere from several weeks to years following a mastectomy. Breast reconstruction typically requires more than one operative procedure, with additional surgeries to optimize symmetry or rebuild a nipple areolar complex.
A consultation with Dr. Ed Pittman is necessary to determine how to proceed with your procedure, based on your individual needs. Dr. Pittman uses tissue expanders when reconstructing breasts, which requires a staged approach. After a mastectomy (either immediately or after a delay), Dr. Pittman places the expander inside the chest wall. Over the following weeks as you heal, a saline solution is added to the expander, ultimately creating a pocket in which a saline or silicone breast implant can be inserted. The final step is to create the nipple areolar complex.
Breast reconstruction will require in-patient hospital care. Breast reconstruction, including any surgery done to the opposite breast for symmetry, is covered by insurance.
Please call Michele, our Patient Care Coordinator at (706) 549-3203, for more information. She will walk you through the process of financing your procedures. You can also contact Michele by using our online form.