Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Brian S. Glatt, MD, FACS believes if you are faced with a new diagnosis of breast cancer or in the case of a prophylactic mastectomy one fact remains constant. It is in your best interest that information regarding the availability of breast reconstruction be provided early, certainly well before undergoing a mastectomy.
The key to receiving this information is to assemble a team of physicians that include your primary care physician, gynecologist, breast surgeon, oncologist or radiation oncologist and a Board Certified plastic surgeon. This group of medical professionals, working in concert with you, will assure you of coordinated care and help you to explore all treatment options available, resulting in the most beneficial outcome.
Not every woman who undergoes a mastectomy opts for breast reconstruction; some choose to wear an external prosthesis inside their bra. However, each year tens of thousands of mastectomy patients in the United States choose to have breast reconstruction as a part of their recovery. The best way to explore your options is to consult with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who has experience with breast reconstruction prior to undergoing a mastectomy.
The decision to have breast reconstruction is a personal one. Become well informed, trust your team, and remain proactive. The decision to undergo breast reconstruction requires careful consideration, but the choice is yours and yours alone to make. In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we would like to pay tribute to the strength and courage of those of you affected by this disease.