Breast Reconstruction in Denver, CO
Breast reconstruction is a procedure most commonly performed as a result of a mastectomy (breast removal) due to breast cancer. In all cases, it is a procedure to help restore a more natural breast appearance.
Dr. Hunsicker often performs a single-stage, direct-to-implant procedure that allows for immediate reconstruction during the same surgery as the mastectomy. It is performed in tandem with the General Surgeon. Dr. Hunsicker is one of an elite few surgeons in the country to develop and use this direct-to-implant technique.
How We Perform Breast Reconstruction
There are a variety of factors, including cancer stage, chemotherapy, radiation, and prior surgical history, that can affect your options for breast reconstruction. Dr. Hunsicker reviews all the appropriate reconstruction options with each of her patients and then works with you, your General Surgeon, and the rest of your cancer treatment team to determine which course of action is best suited to your individual situation.
Before & After Breast Reconstruction in Littleton, CO
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This procedure is typically performed in a hospital or surgical center at the same time the General Surgeon performs the mastectomy. The reconstruction portion can take between 3-5 hours and usually involves an overnight stay. There are many options when it comes to breast reconstruction procedures and Dr. Hunsicker is well versed in performing a variety of techniques. At Revalla, we offer several options for breast reconstruction, including:
A procedure which allows patients to have a permanent breast implant placed at the time of mastectomy, allowing women to emerge from surgery fully-reconstructed.
A procedure in which a tissue expander is placed at the time of mastectomy, and secondary surgery for permanent implant placement is performed at a later date. The tissue expander is a modified saline implant with a valve that allows for more saline to be added over the course of several weeks. Once the tissue has been stretched to allow for the volume of the new implant, the tissue expander is then exchanged for a permanent implant in a separate surgery.
DIEP, TRAM, Latissimus Flaps
Procedures that use muscle flaps from other body parts to create a breast mound. Sometimes these forms of reconstruction can also be performed at the time of mastectomy.
A procedure that is started after patients have healed from mastectomy and cancer treatment; it uses a patient’s own body fat to create a breast mound. This technique usually involves the use of a device called the Brava System.
Performed after breast reconstruction, this is a secondary surgery to reconstruct patients’ nipples if nipple-sparing has not been an option during primary reconstruction.
Breast Reconstruction FAQ
How do I prepare for breast reconstruction?
As soon as you are diagnosed with breast cancer, you can begin the discussion about breast reconstruction. Your general surgeon and plastic surgeon should work together to develop a strategy that will put you in the best possible condition for your cancer treatment and your general wellness. Dr. Hunsicker will explain which reconstructive options are most appropriate for your age, health, anatomy, and tissues.
Does health insurance cover breast reconstruction?
In most cases, health insurance will cover most or all of the cost of post-mastectomy reconstruction. Check your policy to see if there are any limitations on what types of reconstruction are covered. At Revalla, we can help you find answers to many of your insurance questions, and we can work to anticipate challenges before they occur. Part of your initial consultation with our office can include a review of your eligibility and benefits.
How will I look and feel after breast reconstruction?
After surgery, Dr. Hunsicker usually prefers patients wear a soft, loose post-mastectomy camisole. A small tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid, and the camisole has pockets which make the drains easier to manage post-operatively. A pain pump may also be used to reduce the need for narcotics.
You will be given specific instructions about caring for your surgical sites, medications, specific concerns to watch for, and when to come in for a follow-up appointment.
What are the risks of breast reconstruction?
All surgeries inevitably carry a degree of risk, and Dr. Hunsicker can review the potential risks relevant to you based on your individual health factors and specific surgical plan. However, most patients consider these risks acceptable when compared to the benefits of surgery. Be sure to discuss any concerns with your surgeon.
Learn More About Breast Reconstruction in South Denver
Dr. Lisa M. Hunsicker has been practicing medicine since 1995. We encourage you to call us for a personal consultation with Dr. Hunsicker. Contact us at 720-283-2500 or online to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hunsicker in the Denver, Morrison, Littleton and Colorado Springs area. Together, you can determine if you are a good candidate for breast reconstruction.