A mastectomy is the surgical removal of all breast tissue from one or both breasts to either prevent or treat breast cancer. Losing a breast can drastically affect a person emotionally, often causing feelings of anxiety or even depression. However, it is possible to rebuild the breast and achieve beautiful, natural-looking results through reconstructive surgery. A mastectomy can help save your life—reconstruction can help renew it.
Some important factors to consider when deciding to undergo a mastectomy include:
- Type and location of breast cancer
- Recurrence: Depending on the percentage chance of recurrence, a mastectomy may be the best option for treatment.
- Whether radiation therapy will be needed: A mastectomy is often not followed by radiation therapy.
- Recovery period after breast cancer
- Loss of sensation in the breasts and nipples: Women should be aware that a mastectomy will unfortunately result in lost sensation.
Your General Surgeon will help provide guidance in the making of your decision. This surgery can be performed for both smaller and larger breasted women. With your safety and goals in mind, Dr. Hunsicker will use the best reconstructive techniques for you to achieve a symmetrical outcome that will give you back the feminine figure you had before cancer.