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Sensory Restoration In Breast Reconstruction: A New Reality

Posted by Melissa Chefec

Once upon a time, when a woman underwent mastectomy, her options for breast reconstruction were limited. Not only was access to a plastic surgeon who could perform breast reconstruction limited, but the expected outcomes for the woman and the plastic surgeon were not always aligned. The goal of the plastic surgeon was to place an implant to create a breast mound. Techniques were developed to avoid infection, prevent extrusion through radiated skin, and improve symmetry with the other breast in clothes. The woman was supposed to be happy that she did not have to stuff a sock into her bra to avoid questions from her friends. For the woman, however, a hard, numb breast mound could be depressing every time she took a shower or got dressed in the morning. Sexual intimacy and relationships took a direct hit. While the plastic surgeon may have been satisfied that her breast reconstruction was intact, not infected, and did not lead to stares from strangers, the woman still did not feel like she had breasts. Click HERE for the full article.

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