Surgery with Replacement of Skin

Mastectomy breast reconstruction is surgery to reshape the breast after having a mastectomy. A mastectomy is surgery where part or whole breast is removed to treat cancer (tumor). This includes removing one or both breasts, with or without the skin that covers them. Reconstruction surgery is performed so the remaining tissue has the shape and appearance of a natural breast.

Delayed post-mastectomy breast reconstruction with autologous tissue is surgery done after the mastectomy recovery is complete. If you need radiation after mastectomy, reconstruction should be done after. This reduces the risk of problems after surgery. This will give you time to think about what type of surgery is appropriate for you. You and your doctor will decide which type of breast reconstruction is right for you.