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What should I think about if I have breast reconstruction surgery?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery

After undergoing a mastectomy for breast cancer, many women decide to undergo reconstruction either immediate or at a later date. To create symmetry, either a tissue expander and later a permanent silicone gel implant, or an autologous tissue transfer may be performed. The risks of the reconstruction include: bleeding, hematoma, infections, flap necrosis, need for revision surgery, pulmonary embolus, pain, and severe scarring. Scarring is Unpredictable and can include: hypertrophic, keloids, widespread, hyper or hypopigmented scars. Future complications of the implant may include: rupture, calcification, capsular contracture, malposition, bottoming out, and need for re-operation. 

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