Breast Reconstruction MumbaiPublished on May 5, 2017 by Centre For Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery - Dr Sameer Karkhanis
Breast Reconstruction is a surgical procedure that has helped many women restore their breasts after mastectomy. The breast reconstruction procedure is performed to rebuild the breast appearance. There are a couple different types of breast reconstruction techniques used such as:
1. The TRAM flap –This technique uses donor muscle, skin and fat from the patient’s abdomen to rebuild the breast. In some cases, the original blood supply may be retained, but in other cases, it may need to be completely detached.
2. DIEP/SGAP – These flap techniques do not use the muscle of the donor area, but do use the tissue from either the buttock or the abdomen.
3. Latissimus Dorsi Flap – This technique uses the muscle, skin, and fat from the back and they remain attached to their donor site, which leaves the original blood supply intact as it is repositioned in the mastectomy site.
4. Tissue Expansion – Sometimes the breasts are reconstructed using tissue expansion rather than the flab techniques. The tissue expansion is a more lengthy process but also an easier recovery.
Breast implants may be used along with a flap technique or as an alternative to a flap technique—a lot depends on the state of the breasts and the goal of the patient. Grafting may also be used to help reconstruct the appearance of the nipple and areola.
If you are interested in learning more about the breast reconstruction procedure options and recovery process and to find out if it may be right for you, contact our office to schedule your consultation with Dr. Karkhanis today.