Importance of Consulting a Plastic Surgeon Before Lumpectomy or Mastectomy
For anyone diagnosed with breast cancer, a coordinated surgical approach to lumpectomy or mastectomy that involves a plastic surgeon from the outset provides the best opportunity for achieving a good cosmetic result. Factors such as breast size, skin quality and possible chemotherapy or radiation play a significant role in selecting the type of breast reconstruction, as well as the timing of the procedure.
Planning and performing a delayed breast reconstruction has to be approached in a different manner than situations when the reconstruction is performed at the same time as the mastectomy or lumpectomy. For instance, if a patient has already undergone breast cancer surgery prior to consulting a plastic surgeon, the specific procedure performed (lumpectomy or mastectomy), skin quality, scars, and potential radiation treatment will further influence the reconstructive options available.
Ultimately, my advice is to seek a team of physicians who work together on a regular basis to care for breast cancer patients. Consult with a plastic surgeon regardless of your feelings about breast reconstruction, and know your options and potential limitations before undergoing a mastectomy or lumpectomy. Remember: You are the most important member of the team. Be proactive, ask questions, seek to understand, take your support team with you and remain hopeful and positive!
– Behzad Parva, MD
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