How long after my mastectomy do I need to wait for breast reconstruction surgery?
There are many options for breast reconstruction surgery that include performing the procedure immediately after your mastectomy, or delayed for several weeks or months afterward. Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Denis Gonyon, will work with both you and your general surgeon to help determine the best time for you to undergo breast reconstruction surgery.
Immediate reconstruction includes Dr. Gonyon performing breast reconstruction during the same surgery as your mastectomy. Dr. Gonyon operates with many general surgeons in Northern Colorado at the facility of their choice. Delayed reconstruction is performed by Dr. Gonyon as a separate surgery weeks or months after the mastectomy. In many cases, due to other cancer treatments, chemotherapy or radiation, delayed can help provide a better long-term result. Dr. Gonyon is privileged to operate at all area facilities including:
- Poudre Valley Hospital and Harmony Surgery Center in Fort Collins
- Medical Center of the Rockies and McKee Medical Center in Loveland
- Northern Colorado Medical Center in Greeley
Will breast reconstruction interfere with cancer screening?
Breast reconstruction will not affect future cancer screenings. Depending on the type of reconstruction, such as the flap method, mammograms may be more difficult requiring different detection methods. Cancer screeners can accommodate all types of reconstruction, and it is important you tell your physician what type of breast reconstruction you have had to ensure proper detection methods are utilized.
What is recovery from breast reconstruction like?
In general, recovery from breast reconstruction varies with each patient, the type of mastectomy, the type of reconstruction and other cancer treatments. Dr. Gonyon will talk to you about your specific recovery schedule during your consultation, as well as the differences between each technique and their varying recoveries.
Will my reconstructed breasts look and feel like my natural breasts?
Options for breast reconstruction have come a long way in the past 20 years, and reconstructed breasts can provide symmetry and restore balance for women who have had a mastectomy. They cannot be made to look and feel exactly like your natural breasts. Further surgeries may be required to create a nipple and areola, and scarring will be inevitable with this procedure.
Dr. Denis Gonyon, a breast surgeon in Northern Colorado, is a board-certified plastic surgeon by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He served his integrated plastic surgery residency at Duke Medical Center, which in the US News and World Report 2011-2012 was listed as one of the best facilities for cancer treatment. He then served a Plastic Surgery Aesthetic Fellowship at the Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, where he had the opportunity to learn from some of the most influential and skilled plastic surgeons in the Dr. Gonyon will work with you, your general surgeon, oncologist and primary physician to do everything possible to ensure your comfort, and satisfaction with your procedure and results.
During your consultation with Dr. Gonyon, you will be able to see many patient photographs of before, after and in the various stages of reconstruction.
If you have questions about breast reconstruction in Fort Collins, Loveland, Longmont or Greeley, Colorado, or in Cheyenne, Wyoming or North Platte, Nebraska, please contact Gonyon Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery online for more information, or call (970) 624-7979 to schedule a complimentary consultation.