It is often performed by plastic surgeons but, in some centres, it is performed by breast surgeons trained in breast reconstruction and oncoplastic surgery. We evaluated the objective and subjective outcomes of reconstruction for breast cancer at the Royal Adelaide Hospital Breast Unit Adelaide, Australia between and June Patients were interviewed and self-assessment quality of life questionnaires FACT-B, body image , and overall satisfaction with reconstruction using an analogue scale were performed. Three observers carried out photographic analysis of the reconstructions. A comparison was then made between the different forms of reconstruction used. There were no perioperative deaths.
Breast reconstruction can help restore the look and feel of the breast after a mastectomy. The surgery is done by a plastic surgeon. Breast reconstruction can be done at the same time as the mastectomy "immediate" or at a later date "delayed". Discuss your options with your plastic surgeon, breast surgeon and oncologist and your radiation oncologist if you are having radiation therapy. It's always OK to get a second opinion.
It is not uncommon for patients who have had breast reconstruction surgery to require more than just a single procedure. In addition it must also cover the alternate breast to insure adequate symmetry. The Act also ensures coverage for revision of a previously reconstructed breast and for nipple reconstruction procedures. By definition Breast Revision surgery may involve correcting complications or deformities from previous reconstructive breast surgery after mastectomy, or correcting the disfigurement of the breast after lumpectomy and radiation.