Breast reconstruction

Breast reconstruction unfortunately never gives a perfect result, but it is very important in the eyes of most women. It allows them to regain their femininity and forget the illness to which they were exposed.

A new breast can be reconstructed after a mastectomy. The procedure can take place at the end of chemotherapy or radiotherapy or may also be performed at the same time as the mastectomy. There are different techniques for the reconstruction of a breast:

Breast implant
If no radiation is needed, this is the simplest solution. Anatomic implants are placed that cannot leak. If the reconstruction can take place only after the mastectomy, the skin will first need to be stretched by means of a small balloon filled regularly.
Latissimus dorsi flaps
If you followed a radio- or chemotherapy treatment or if the tissues are very thin, a piece of the latissimus dorsi muscle can be used, possibly in combination with a breast implant.
Abdominal flaps
This procedure allows the breast to be reconstructed with one's own tissues. Together with the abdominal muscle, the rectus abdominis can be used to rebuild the breast. Ruptures of the abdominal wall are common and represent a major drawback. A preferred alternative is to take adipose (fatty) tissue from the stomach and leave the rectus abdominis muscle intact. The flap is then connected to the blood vessels of the chest through microsurgery. This procedure however takes a longer time (8 to 14h) and is a higher risk.
Nipple reconstruction
Een tepel kan op vrij eenvoudige wijze gemaakt worden. Dit gebeurt meestal onder plaatselijke verdoving en een opname is niet nodig. Hoewel een borstreconstructie nooit een perfecte borst kan namaken, betekent de reconstructie toch zeer veel voor de meeste vrouwen. Ze voelen zich terug helemaal vrouw en worden in de spiegel niet telkens herinnerd aan hun borstgezwel.

Breast reconstruction unfortunately never gives a perfect result, but it is very important in the eyes of most women. It allows them to regain their femininity and forget the illness to which they were exposed.

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