Why Choose Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital for Breast Reconstruction Surgery?
A major surgical intervention like mastectomy will leave a high physical and emotional impact on you. For this, our health center puts at your disposal the best board-certified plastic surgeons equipped with the most state-of-the-art technology that will give back to you the ability to feel and look good.
The caring and dedicated medical personnel at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital will provide you with the treatment that proved to have the results of bettering the quality of your life. The breast reconstructive surgery performed at our facility will have a major contribution in your complete recovery.
Breast reconstruction includes several plastic surgery methods that rebuild the normal shape, size, and appearance of breasts, and it is done for women who have undergone mastectomy – removal of the breast as a treatment for cancer. The surgery may be either immediate or delayed. In immediate breast reconstruction, the surgeon will perform the initial stage of rebuilding the breast soon after mastectomy is done. Delayed reconstruction is performed only after achieving complete healing following mastectomy. Reconstruction of breast is done either by placement of implants (silicone or saline) or use of tissue taken from other portions of your body. Most commonly performed breast reconstructions are immediate reconstructions with the use of implants.
Breast reconstruction is performed at our hospital by our highly qualified plastic surgeons. For your comfort, the procedure will be performed under general anesthesia, and you will not feel any discomfort. Your surgeon will rebuild the breast with implants followed by the flap technique or tissue expansion procedure. The flap technique makes use of your own muscle, fat, and skin taken from the abdominal area to create the breast mound. Tissue expansion process involves stretching of the healthy skin in order to cover the breast implant, and requires several visits over a period of 4-6 months. The breast implants used to create the breast mound are made of saline or silicone. Reconstruction of the nipple and areola is completed by grafting and other specially designed techniques.
The results of breast reconstruction are considerably good. They can certainly help to lower the physical as well as emotional impact faced by women as a result of loss of breast tissue due to mastectomy. Gradually, sensation may return in the restored breast. Scars improve and may diminish over time. Overall, most women have had great improvement in their quality of life, and their ability to look and feel good.
After your breast reconstruction surgery is complete, incisions will be covered using gauze or bandages. You will be required to wear an elastic bandage or a support bra, which helps reduce the swelling and support the reconstructed breast. A tiny tube may be left under the skin temporarily to allow excess blood or fluids to drain out. Your surgeon will provide instructions regarding the care of the surgical site. Certain medications that reduce pain and aid healing will be prescribed. During recovery, swelling reduces and tissues continue to heal as the position and shape of reconstructed breast improves. Regular follow-up visits will be scheduled.
As with any surgery, there are some potential risks and complications involved in breast reconstructive surgery. These include:
- Anesthesia risks
- Infection and bleeding
- Poor healing at the site of the incision
- Fluid accumulation in the breast or donor site associated with pain and swelling
- Scar tissue formation
- Breast firmness due to scar tissue formation around the implant
- Rupture of the implant
- Flap technique involves risk of partial/complete loss of sensation at the donor and reconstruction site
You can talk to our plastic surgeons and discuss about the options available for breast reconstruction. We are leaders in breast reconstructive surgeries. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the technique of breast reconstruction and its results, you can always call us at 310.823.8911. Our healthcare team will be pleased to help you.