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CA Cancer J Clin. 1995 Sep-Oct;45(5):289-304.

Breast reconstruction following mastectomy.

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  • Division of Plastic, Reconstructive and Maxillo-facial Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.


Modern breast reconstruction techniques provide the women faced with breast cancer with a reliable source of rehabilitation and an alternative to breast loss subsequent to cancer treatment. As a member of the breast management team, the reconstructive surgeon provides valuable input on the appropriate timing and techniques for surgery. With the surgical oncologist and the plastic surgeon working together, the mastectomy and breast reconstruction can often be combined in one operation with less skin removal, shorter scars, and reduced inconvenience for the patient. Techniques of tissue expansion permit breast reconstruction without additional scars or significant hospitalization. With the development of autogenous tissue breast reconstruction techniques, women are also able to have natural, long-lasting breast reconstruction without the need for a breast implant.

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