Modern medicine methods and equipment allow surgeons to restore female breasts following breast cancer surgery, giving a result that is very similar to the natural breast in terms of shape and appearance. Breast reconstruction is often possible immediately after breast removal (mastectomy), and the patient can wake up with a breast rise in the correct place, thus avoiding the feeling of nothing in the place of the breast. However, each case is individual, and often breast reconstruction is performed after some time.
Several surgeries may be necessary for breast reconstruction.
Breast reconstruction can be performed in two ways:
The duration of the surgery depends on the type of chosen reconstruction. The surgery is performed under general anaesthesia, and the patient can go home 2 to 5 days after the breast reconstruction surgery. The convalescence period may be up to 6 weeks, depending on the extent of the surgery.