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What are the steps in a staged breast reconstruction?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
Staged breast reconstruction include mastectomy, tissue expansion, and final reconstruction. Reconstruction may be performed at the same setting as the mastectomy or delayed until radiation therapy and healing occurs. Tissue expanders may be placed at the same time as the mastectomy procedures. After 6-8 weeks of expansion, a permanent silicone implant with/without flap reconstruction may be performed.
Learn more from Dr. Michael Howard on behalf of NorthShore University HealthSystem about steps in a staged breast reconstruction.

 

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