September 08, 2017

When you are diagnosed with breast cancer, the amount of information you are given to process can leave you wondering if you even know the right questions to ask to make sure you are being your best health advocate. At Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery, we understand that a cancer diagnosis comes with a rollercoaster of emotions as you begin to absorb all of the new information. We are ready to answer your questions when you are ready to ask them.

When you meet with a breast reconstruction surgeon some of the information you may want to know more about includes:

Types of Breast Reconstruction What types of breast reconstruction am... Read More
September 01, 2017

One of the many questions you will encounter in your journey to recovery from breast cancer is when to have breast reconstruction surgery. The answer depends on your unique circumstances, and at Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery, we can help you explore your options and select the right timing for your reconstruction procedure.

In general, there are three different time periods for reconstruction:

Immediate breast reconstruction. With immediate breast reconstruction, your reconstructive surgery is performed immediately following your mastectomy. The new breast is created using tissue from another location on your body or with... Read More
June 30, 2017

After mastectomy surgery, it is important to allow yourself adequate time to heal. Your surgeon will send you home with specific guidelines to follow, but these tips can serve as reminders to aid your recovery at home.

Get plenty of rest. You have been through a major ordeal with your diagnosis and surgery and may be starting chemo soon. It is normal to feel fatigued. Allow yourself time to rest for the first few weeks after surgery. Take pain medication. You don’t have to “tough it out.” Your doctor prescribed pain medication to ease your discomfort. You may feel a mixture of numbness and pain. Take your prescribed medication... Read More
June 23, 2017

One of the decisions you will need to make when considering your breast reconstruction options is whether you want breast implants or a natural tissue reconstruction. Each option has benefits and risks to consider. In consultation with one of our board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeons, you can fully explore your options to make an informed decision that is right for you and your body.

Autologous Tissue Reconstruction

Reconstruction using your own body’s tissue is the right choice for many women. It can help you achieve more natural, long-lasting results. However, you will have surgical scarring on the donor area of...

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June 01, 2017

Understanding what to expect at every step of your surgery and treatment can help you feel more at ease with the process and more confident in the decisions you are making for breast reconstruction.

Mastectomy surgery generally takes three to five hours if you have reconstruction at the same time. After surgery, you will be moved to recovery where you will be closely monitored. You will wake up with steri-strips over the incisions and two to four surgical drains to collect excess fluid. Before you are discharged from the hospital, you will be given specific instructions on how to care for your bandage and surgical drains during...

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May 22, 2017

A recent study indicates that many women with breast cancer are not equipped with the knowledge to make decisions that are in line with their preferences. The author of the study, Dr. Clara Lee of the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, stated that only 43 percent of the women surveyed had adequate knowledge to obtain treatment that fit their preferences.

The key to making an informed decision about your breast reconstruction is fully understanding your options. The first step is to take a deep breath and realize that you can get through this. The emotions and amount of information you need to process can sometimes...

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May 02, 2017

A bilateral mastectomy is the removal of both breasts and is performed when a woman is diagnosed with cancer in both breasts or in only one breast and she chooses to undergo a bilateral mastectomy to remove both breasts.

Rates of bilateral mastectomies are on the rise for women with cancer in one breast. In a five year period in the last decade, the rate of bilateral mastectomies more than doubled.

One of the reasons for the rise in bilateral mastectomies may simply be peace of mind because women fear developing cancer in the healthy breast. Others may wish to have both breasts reconstructed at the same time for a more...

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April 25, 2017

If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer and are facing a mastectomy, you will undoubtedly begin thinking about your breast reconstruction options. It is important to understand what options are available and that there is no right choice when it comes to breast reconstruction, only the choice that is right for you.

Immediate vs Delayed Reconstruction

You can choose to undergo breast reconstruction immediately after a mastectomy. This allows preservation of breast skin and can provide natural looking results without the need to wait for reconstruction. In immediate reconstruction, an implant is placed or flap reconstruction is...

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March 29, 2017

According to the latest statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast reconstruction procedures increased 3 percent last year compared to the previous year:

2016: 109,256 2015: 106,338

These numbers reflect only those breast reconstructions performed by plastic surgeons who are members of ASPS. The actual number of all breast reconstructions performed in the US last year is probably even higher.

Furthermore, the ASPS reports a 39 percent increase in breast reconstructions since the year 2000. In 2016, there were 18,778 breast implant removal procedures among reconstructive patients, which was a 5...

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March 24, 2017

The decision to undergo reconstructive surgery following breast cancer is a very personal one. The plastic surgeons at The Breast Center Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery provide all of the information, answers and guidance you need to decide what is right for you.

Here are four things to think about as you consider your options:

1. Seek out information about your reconstruction options early. Depending on where you are in the breast cancer treatment process, you may not be ready to discuss reconstruction yet – it's a personal decision. If you do feel ready to discuss your options, doing so early may provide more options. For...

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