- Cancer Information
- Managing side effects
- Breast prostheses and reconstruction
- Breast reconstruction
This section provides information about breast reconstruction for women who have had breast surgery.
Learn more about:
- When can I have a reconstruction?
- Types of breast reconstruction
- Implant reconstruction
- Flap reconstruction
- Nipple adhesives and reconstruction
- Surgery to the other breast
- What to expect after surgery
- Costs and financial assistance
- Who will do the reconstruction?
- Question checklist
Breast reconstruction can be done at the time of the mastectomy (immediate reconstruction) or months or years later (delayed reconstruction).
The timing depends on the type of breast cancer you were diagnosed with, whether you need further treatment (for example, chemotherapy or radiation therapy), your general health, and other concerns, such as the cost.
Some women plan the reconstruction from the time of their mastectomy, others prefer to focus on treatment and think about reconstruction later. Sometimes you won’t be able to have an immediate reconstruction due to the surgery schedule at the hospital. Discuss these issues with your breast cancer surgeon, oncoplastic surgeon and/or reconstructive (plastic) surgeon.
A/Prof Elisabeth Elder, Specialist Breast Surgeon, Westmead Breast Cancer Institute and Clinical Associate Professor, University of Sydney, NSW; Jo Cockwill, Consumer; Suzanne Elliott, Consumer; Bronwyn Flanagan, Breast Care Nurse, Brightways, Cabrini Hospital, VIC; Maina Gordon, Consumer; Gillian Horton, Owner and Corsetry Specialist, Colleen’s Post-Mastectomy Connection, ACT; Kerry Nash, Sales and Marketing Manager, Amoena Australia, NSW; A/Prof Kerry Sherman, Macquarie University and Westmead Breast Cancer Institute, NSW. We are grateful to Amoena Australia Pty Ltd for supplying the breast form images, which appear in this section. The breast reconstruction images have been reproduced with permission from Breast Cancer: Taking Control, breastcancertakingcontrol.com © Boycare Publishing 2010.
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