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Breast Reconstruction – Pros and Cons of Immediate versus Delayed Post-Mastectomy

By Dr. Constance M. Chen

“Radiation therapy always automatically unfavorably affects the aesthetics of any breast reconstruction,” says Dr. Chen. “But if a woman wants autologous tissue reconstruction, she may be advised to postpone placing the natural tissue until her radiation is completed.” In these cases, the patient can undergo a delayed immediate reconstruction, in which a tissue expander is placed at the time of mastectomy to save the breast skin, and then the natural tissue reconstruction is performed after the radiation is completed. Click HERE for the full article.

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