Breast Reconstruction

Learn More About Breast Reconstruction at Aurora Health Care

What is Breast Reconstruction Surgery?

Breast reconstruction is a surgical procedure done after a mastectomy or a lumpectomy (also known as a partial mastectomy) to restore one or both breasts to a shape, appearance and size that is as normal and natural as possible. Breast reconstruction can be done using a woman’s own natural tissue or with synthetic implants or expanders. The type of reconstruction performed depends upon the patient’s wishes, the stage of cancer and the patient’s overall health and body condition.

Most breast reconstruction surgery is done in multiple stages that are coordinated with cancer treatment.

How is Breast Reconstruction Performed?                        

Before surgery, you will be given anesthesia to keep you from feeling pain during the procedure. Your surgeon will recommend either intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Once the anesthesia has taken effect, your surgeon will begin breast reconstruction.

The actual steps of the procedure will vary depending on the type of procedure you and your doctor have decided upon and on how much of your own tissue remains around the area to be reconstructed.

Regardless of which procedure you have, your surgeon will use one of a number of techniques to reposition, stretch or transplant muscle, fat and skin to create or cover the your reconstructed breast tissue. The muscle, fat or skin may come from your chest, abdomen, back or buttock or from healthy donor tissue.

Your surgeon may also use a technique called tissue expansion to stretch the healthy skin to provide enough coverage for a breast implant. Tissue expansion will occur over a period of four to six months after your surgeon places a tissue expander in your chest. The expander will slowly stretch the tissue in your chest to make room for a breast implant. If you decide to have a breast implant, you will also have to choose between a saline or silicone implant.

Your surgeon may also be able to either preserve your own or create a new nipple and areola. This involves skin grafting or other specialized techniques. 

Why Should I Choose Aurora Health Care for Breast Reconstruction?

Reconstructive Plastic Surgeons at Aurora Health Care have years of experience and have helped many people. They understand what an important and life-changing decision you have in front of you, and they will work with you to make sure you get the best possible care. Our staff will be with you every step of the way to help and support you through the process.

Experience and Expertise

Every reconstructive plastic surgeon at Aurora is board certified and dedicated to your safety. With years of experience and thousands of successful procedures behind us, Aurora’s multidisciplinary team focuses entirely on developing and delivering a treatment plan tailored to your needs.

Success and Safety

At Aurora Health Care, your safety is our first priority. We go to great lengths to make sure that every procedure we perform is both safe and successful.

Is Breast Reconstruction Covered by Insurance?

Breast reconstruction surgery after breast cancer is a reconstructive procedure, and therefore it should be covered by your health insurance plan. However, your insurance plan may only cover a portion of the total fee. If you’re concerned about your insurance coverage, speak with a customer representative at your insurance company.

How Do I Find a Reconstructive Plastic Surgeon at Aurora Health Care?

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