A diagnosis of breast cancer can turn a woman's world upside down. Of the many sacrifices a woman makes in her fight against cancer, mastectomy (breast removal) may be the most difficult to bear. For many women, the decision to undergo breast reconstruction on Long Island is a chance to regain a sense of control, and an important step on the road to recovery.
Breast reconstruction not only rebuilds the breast that is lost, it can also restore a woman's self-image and help her to return to a sense of normalcy after cancer. Many women report that breast reconstruction is an integral part of their recovery process. Whether you are facing a mastectomy, or you have already had a mastectomy, Dr. James Romanelli, Dr. Dana Khuthaila, and Dr. Christine Blaine are qualified plastic surgeons specializing in breast surgery and breast reconstruction near New York City. They can help you begin the process of reconstructing your breasts and restoring your healthy appearance.
Overview of Breast Reconstruction
Our surgeons have years of experience performing breast reconstruction. They understand the complexity of the various surgical techniques, as well as the unique needs of the breast cancer patient and her loved ones. They offer advanced breast reconstruction options, including:
- Autologous methods, which use the body's own tissue to rebuild the breast mound, either at the time of mastectomy, or later. These include the various flap techniques, such as the TRAM (or "tummy tuck") flap, and DIEP (Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator) flap reconstruction.
- Direct to implant reconstruction provides reconstruction at the time of mastectomy, and allows for the placement of a permanent breast implant at the time of the initial surgery. At our practice in Long Island, breast implants used for this procedure are filled with either saline or cohesive silicone gel.
- Tissue expander reconstruction, which inserts a tissue expander that will be replaced by an implant in a later surgery when the skin has stretched enough to accommodate it. Tissue expanders can be placed either at the time of mastectomy, or post-mastectomy.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Romanelli, Dr. Khuthaila, or Dr. Blaine will help you to consider your surgical options and determine which procedure is the best choice for you. It is important to have realistic expectations for your reconstruction surgery, and our surgeons will discuss with you what can and cannot be accomplished.
What Breast Reconstruction Can Do:
- Replace the contour of your breast
- Give your breasts improved symmetry
- Eliminate the need for a prosthetic breast
- Help improve body-image and self-esteem
- Diminish the physical reminders of your illness
What Breast Reconstruction Cannot Do:
- Make your breasts look exactly like they did before the mastectomy
- Restore previous levels of sensation to the reconstructed breast
- Guarantee permanent results
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For answers to all of your breast reconstruction questions, request a surgical consultation with Dr. Romanelli, Dr. Khuthaila, or Dr. Blaine. You can also call (631) 424-3600 to make an appointment.