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Breast Reconstruction

Case #53 Details

Age: 53

This 53 year old woman was referred to our plastic surgery office for immediate reconstruction of her right breast after the diagnosis of breast cancer a few years ago.  At our Long Island office we discussed her options and she opted for right breast reconstruction with a TRAM (transverse rectus abdominus muscle flap), or a "Tummy Tuck Flap."  Most patients require 4-5 nights in the hospital, but she went home after 3 nights and was back at work a few weeks later.

She recovered very well, but returned about a year later with a different breast cancer in her left breast.  The tummy tuck flap had already been used, and after discussion she chose a tissue expander for the left breast, which only required a one night hospital stay.  Later, as an outpatient procedure, she had the tissue expander removed and a silicone gel implant placed.  Later on, as another outpatient procedure we reconstructed her nipples and areola.

She is seen here about 3 years since her last surgery, and her scars have faded very well.  She has been cancer free for years and is able to wear clothes comfortably, including bathing suits. 

To learn more about on breast reconstruction on Long Island, give us a call at 631-424-3600.  Plan to visit our plastic surgery office on East Main Street in Huntington soon.

Surgeon: Dr. James N. Romanelli

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