Breast Reconstruction Method Using Women’s Own Tissue—Is It Safe?

Breast Reconstruction Method Using Women’s Own Tissue—Is It Safe?

  Nearly 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year in the United States. This diagnosis evokes fears and anxieties, but it also presents women with a choice between two options: breast-conservation treatment and mastectomy. For women who choose the latter, breast reconstruction may be necessary to restore the breast mound and maintain quality of life after the end of oncological treatments. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, the most important consequence following a mastectomy is the psychological impact of the altered physical condition. This impact can include anxiety, depression, and negative concepts of body image and sexual virility. Recent studies have shown that breast reconstruction following a mastectomy can be highly successful in improving the quality of life for patients. However, women have two primary choices if they choose to go this path: utilizing an artificial implant (known as implant reconstruction), or using tissue from another part of the body (referred to as autologous reconstruction). Implant vs. Autologous   It’s ultimately a matter of preference for the patient, however, there are important differences to consider. It was assumed that implant and autologous breast reconstruction were the opposite of one another. Implants were easier to deal with in the beginning but required more medical intervention over time. Autologous reconstruction was more difficult in the beginning but required less medical intervention as the patient aged. Recently, researchers compared the safety of the two methods, and their conclusions were significant. According to their findings, implant reconstruction carries a higher risk of reconstructive failure and surgical-site infection than autologous reconstruction. While skin or flap necrosis was more common...
STUDY: Over 50% of Breast Cancer Survivors Aren’t Well-Informed Going Into Reconstruction Surgery

STUDY: Over 50% of Breast Cancer Survivors Aren’t Well-Informed Going Into Reconstruction Surgery

http://txdiepflap.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/BURN-PKG-Breast-Cancer-Risks-CC.mp4   AUSTIN, Texas — Going through reconstruction surgery after a mastectomy is a big decision. According to a recent study, most breast cancer patients don’t know enough about which procedure is right for them. When going to consultations, remember the following: Bring someone with you Request esources on paper Don’t over-WebMD it, but the internet can be a resource “When you’re told that you have breast cancer. You don’t hear anything but cancer.” Once Keara Madani had the shock of her life, she had a mastectomy. Then, she explored reconstruction surgery. “It’s scary and it’s a big decision,” Madani said. There are several types of reconstruction and the choices can be overwhelming. The Journal of the American Medical Association study found most patients and doctors don’t talk enough. The study found that 43 percent of patients had a good understanding of the procedure, but only 14 percent knew of the risks. “It’s not surprising, we get a lot of patients who’ve had reconstructions who say, ‘I didn’t even know about this other thing that I could’ve done,'” said St. David’s Surgical Hospital’s Dr. John Eggleston. Aside from doctors providing honest medical advice, he said patients are their own best advocates — especially when it comes to research, second opinions and finding a support network. “If inappropriate selections are made then there are, maybe, certain risks to which a patient is exposed to, which they never needed to be exposed.” Madani talked to her surgeon about her options and brought a friend to that discussion. “Resources on paper is probably the best way because you can go back and...
10 Things to Consider before Undergoing Breast Reconstruction Surgery

10 Things to Consider before Undergoing Breast Reconstruction Surgery

There is much written on the internet about this topic, and good number of women commenting on forums wish they did their homework before agreeing to have breast reconstructive surgery. In fact, a 2016 study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center has called for the provision of better information about the pros and cons of the surgery to breast cancer patients who underwent a mastectomy. Whatever your reasons, don’t make the mistake of rushing into a decision. Instead, you can use this checklist of things to consider as a starting point. Research. There is a wealth of information on the web, some better than others. Check out reputable sites like the Susan G. Komen site or Breastcancer.org. Remember, you are making a huge decision which will affect the rest of your life. Do your homework. Talk to your doctor – and maybe a few more. Discuss your options with your plastic surgeon and don’t settle for the one that he or she is most comfortable doing. You may have to go elsewhere to get the procedure that you ultimately want. At Breast Cancer Associates, we will be happy to review your options with you. It’s all about you. Breast reconstruction surgery is a personal decision, and should never be done to please a spouse, family member or friend. You are the one who will live with your choice for the rest of your life. Make time for it. The reconstruction process can take months and will involve a great deal of time. Plan accordingly by making arrangements with your workplace....
How Radiation Therapy Affects Breast Reconstruction

How Radiation Therapy Affects Breast Reconstruction

Radiation therapy is one of the most powerful tools available today to treat breast cancer. Before, radiation therapy was mostly used on women who had undergone a lumpectomy – a procedure wherein there occurs only a partial removal of breast tissue. However, with advances in technique and technology relative to cancer treatment, radiation therapy has been shown to be equally of value to women who have had mastectomies, specifically to those who have had deterring cancer reoccurrence upon breast augmentation and the subsequent surgery. Women who received a mastectomy might benefit from the use of radiation therapy with breast reconstruction in these cases: • Large tumor sizes • Axillary lymph nodes with the potential for either cancer or quite close surgical resection margins. Timing The issue of timing is very important as it relates to breast reconstruction and radiation therapy. Due to the sensitivity of the treatment schedule, some of the issues that might arise include the timing of: • Reconstruction and chemotherapy • Reconstruction and radiation The timing of reconstruction must also be considered, as it can either occur during the mastectomy or after the procedure. Whether or not you are a suitable candidate for breast surgery during or after your mastectomy depends entirely on your personal history, which is why a specialized and knowledgeable reconstructive surgeon is key. Treatment The primary treatment option for surgery while receiving radiation therapy is the DIEP flap. The surgery involves using the patient’s own tissue while utilizing radiation as needed to mitigate any potential risks for the future outcome of the reconstruction. Finding a reputable surgeon in the Dallas, Texas area...

What is Triple Negative Metastatic Breast Cancer?

Triple negative metastatic breast cancer refers to two things: a particular type of breast cancer, and how far that breast cancer has advanced. To help you understand the term, Breast Reconstruction Associates needs to break it down and look at each portion by itself. Triple negative breast cancer Breast cancer may be discussed as a single disease, but it’s actually more of a loose collection of similar ailments. In so-called triple negative breast cancer, the cancer is at least partially of a type lacking hormone receptors or HER2/neu receptors. In other words, it’s negative for oestrogen receptors, negative for progesterone receptors, and negative for HER2/neu receptors. Between 14 and 20% of breast cancers test triple negative. This is important because of the role these receptors play in treatment. The targeted treatments used for other breast cancers won’t work on a triple negative breast cancer, leaving only standard treatments such as surgery, chemo, and radiation. This means that triple negative breast cancers are regarded as a more aggressive breast cancer, with a worse prognosis. Even more treatable forms of triple negative breast cancer are more likely to impact quality of life, due to the issues inherent to general cancer treatments. The ‘metastatic’ part of the term is used for all cancers, and refers to a cancer which has spread – metastasized – to other parts of the body. This is the same condition frequently referred to as Stage IV cancer or advanced cancer. A metastatic breast cancer is no longer limited to the tissues and nearby lymph nodes of the breasts. This makes treatment more difficult and greatly worsens prognosis;...
When Does Capsular Contracture Occur?

When Does Capsular Contracture Occur?

  Capsular contracture is a complication of breast augmentation. It occurs when the body’s immune response perceives a breast implant as a foreign object, thereby forming thick tissue fibers, which encase the implant. Either one breast or both can be affected. This complication can occur at any time following breast surgery, but is most common several weeks post-surgery, rather than years down the line. Signs and symptoms Increased firmness of the breast Breast implants appear to ride high The breast implant looks distorted, usually with a roundness to it Tightness and firmness which brings discomfort and even pain The breast implant has little to no mobility Breasts feel heavy If any of these signs or symptoms are felt or perceived, it is highly advised to contact a top Dallas breast reconstruction surgeon for a full evaluation, and further, to decide on an effective solution. Capsular contracture does not cause irreversible damage, but the surgical option available is complex and requires a professional board certified reconstructive surgeon. Breast reconstruction Dallas experts, Breast Reconstruction Associates, is known for extensive experience, and specializing in performing the deep inferior epigastric perforator flap, commonly known as the (DIEP flap) which is the primary method of reconstructing breasts damaged through capsular contracture. Treatment The DIEP flap is the recommended treatment option for capsular contracture. The breast is reconstructed entirely with the patient’s own lower abdominal tissue, which is natural, so there aren’t any implant concerns. Surgeon technique is crucial to the final look of the breast and to recovery time as well. Breast reconstruction is an involved and complex task. So is finding the right...