Reconstructive Breast Surgery in Medicine Hat, Alberta And Saskatchewan
Breast reconstruction surgery is performed to help rebuild the shape of your breasts following mastectomy surgery, which is the partial or complete removal of a breast as a result of cancer. Breast reconstruction surgery is designed to help you take control and get a better shape for your chest.
Most women prefer to have their mastectomy and breast reconstruction surgery performed at the same time. Ask your oncologist about combination surgery. On the day of your procedure, your oncologist will perform your mastectomy, then Dr. Brooks will perform your breast reconstruction surgery.
Your Initial Consultation
At the time of your initial consultation you will meet with Dr. Brooks to discuss your breast reconstruction goals in detail. The surgical steps of your procedure will be explained and all of your questions will be answered.
Reconstructive Breast Surgery with Implants
At the time of your mastectomy surgery, a temporary tissue expander will be placed below your chest muscle to stretch your skin and underlying tissue. Over a period of 3 to 6 months the expander will be filled with saline to create space for your new breast implants.
Once Dr. Brooks is confident that enough space has been created, the temporary tissue expander will be removed and your new breast implants will be inserted.
If you require radiation treatment after your mastectomy or if you have already received radiation treatment, breast implants may not be the right choice for you. Radiation can create excess fibrous connective tissue or scarring which makes tissue expansion very difficult.
Every patient’s situation is unique. Dr. Brooks will determine the best treatment plan for you.
General anesthesia is used so you will be extremely comfortable and asleep during your procedure.
Length of Surgery & Recovery Time
The length of time it takes to perform your reconstructive breast surgery depends on whether one or two breasts require surgery. Most reconstructive breast surgeries are completed between 2 to 6 hours.
Once our recovery team has cleared you to go after surgery, your arranged ride can drive you home.
Plan to take anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks off work for breast reconstruction with implants.
You can see our standard post-operative care instructions for breast reconstruction here: View Post-Op Care Instructions
Dr. Brooks will give you specific post-operative care instructions and return to work information at the time of your initial consultation.