Breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in women. Statistics show that one out of every eight women worldwide will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in her life. Breast loss affects patients physically, socially, and psychologically. This type of organ loss reminds the patient of the trauma he has experienced, distorts his body image, and causes him to think that he is not wanted and disliked.
Improving the quality of life of the patient after cancer treatment is becoming increasingly important. Breast reconstruction after breast removal due to cancer or another disease is one of the most successful operations of plastic surgery. It is now possible to create a breast that is very similar to a natural breast.
Breast reconstruction procedures can and should be performed in all breast cancer patients without a medical condition preventing breast repair. The General Surgeon, Oncologist, Plastic Surgeon, and the patient decide together on whom, the timing, and method of breast reconstruction will be performed. In early-stage tumors, the repair process is started during the removal of the breast.
If the tumor stage is advanced and postoperative radiotherapy is planned, the repair process is postponed. The patient's chemotherapy and radiotherapy are expected to end, and the repair process is usually started after one year. Suppose it is not clear whether he will receive radiotherapy after surgery. In that case, an empty tissue expander is placed under the thoracic muscle during mastectomy, and the inflation process starts after the treatments end. Thus, the patient is saved from having an extra operation.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yahya BALTU Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery Clinic