Breast reconstruction is often a series of procedures elected to restore the size, shape and appearance of one or both breasts following breast cancer surgery. Many women find breast reconstruction to be a physically and emotionally rewarding experience.
At his Northern Mississippi practice, board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Dan Shell routinely performs breast reconstruction surgery on women who have overcome cancer. Dr. Shell offers several distinct breast reconstructive surgery options for you to choose from.
View: TRAM Flap Breast Reconstruction and Lat Flap Breast Reconstruction
Who is the Right Candidate for Breast Reconstruction?
Candidates for breast reconstruction are women who have had either one or both breasts removed during breast cancer surgery. You may be a good candidate if:
- You do not have other significant health problems
- You are at a healthy body weight for your height
- You do not smoke tobacco
The vast majority of women who have undergone a mastectomy are good candidates for breast reconstruction. Breast reconstruction can occur immediately following a mastectomy or at a later date. During your consultation with Dr. Shell, he will work with you to determine if and when breast reconstruction surgery is the right choice for you.
Before beginning treatment for breast disease, it's important to begin planning for life after the disease. Dr. Dan Shell, IV, Plastic Surgeon with Shell Plastic Surgery, discusses options for breast reconstruction in the following video.
Posted by Baptist Memorial Hospital North Mississippi on Monday, October 19, 2015
There are numerous factors to consider before committing to any surgical procedure. Below is a list of frequently asked questions associated with breast reconstruction in our Northern Mississippi plastic surgery office:
What techniques are used for breast reconstruction?
There are three main categories of breast reconstruction techniques: implant only, body tissue only or a combination of both implants and body tissue. Each of these techniques will require you to undergo more than one operation in order to achieve a final result. Dr. Shell will help you determine which technique is best suited to your cosmetic goals.
Will my insurance help pay for the cost of breast reconstruction?
Yes, federal legislation requires that insurance and health maintenance organizations (HMOs) cover the cost of breast reconstruction following a mastectomy. Contact your health care provider for additional details. If you do not have a health care provider, Dr. Shell will help guide you through the costs associated with breast reconstruction surgery.
Are there any risks associated with breast reconstruction?
Breast reconstruction is considered safe, but all surgeries carry some degree of uncertainty and risk. Though they are rare, there is the chance that complications will occur during or after breast reconstruction surgery. Prior to surgery, Dr. Shell will sit down with you to discuss in depth all potential risks. Some potential surgical risks include adverse reactions to anesthesia, infection, excessive bleeding and poor healing of the incisions.
Can breast cancer come back after breast reconstruction?
Breast reconstruction will not increase or decrease your risk for cancer. It is possible for breast cancer to return following breast reconstruction, even after several years have passed. If your breast cancer surgery involved only a lumpectomy or a nipple-saving mastectomy, or one of your breasts is still intact, you should still have annual mammograms to screen for breast cancer.
Why should I choose Dr. Shell for breast reconstruction?
During your consultation, Dr. Shell will listen carefully to your concerns, ensuring that all treatments are customized to meet your goals. We use the latest technology in a comfortable and confidential setting. Dr. Shell is certified by The American Board of Surgery. He is also a member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Schedule Your Consultation
Dr. Dan Shell is a board certified plastic surgeon with years of experience performing breast reconstruction. If you are considering breast reconstruction, he would be happy to sit down with you and explain the process in detail. His practice serves Northern Mississippi. Email us or call 662-236-6465 to set up a consultation today.