Breast Reconstruction: Making a Decision

There are many things to think about when making choices about breast reconstruction. In addition to medical reasons to choose one option over another, there are also your personal values and preferences. Use the answers to the questions below to help you decide which option you would prefer.

Talk to your reconstructive surgeon about any medical issues that may affect which options will be best for you. Ask your doctor:

  • If you can have breast reconstruction
  • If you will need other cancer treatments that will delay reconstruction
  • What reconstruction options are possible with your body size and shape

Breast reconstruction options include:

  • Using an implant
  • A latissimus dorsi (LD) flap procedure – using back tissue in the reconstruction
  • An abdominal flap procedure – using tissue from the stomach in the reconstruction

Also, when thinking about different breast reconstruction options, ask yourself the following questions:

  • How do I want to look in and out of my clothes?
  • How much time am I willing to spend recovering from surgery?
  • What physical activities do I participate in that could be affected by surgery to my stomach or back?

Like with any surgery, you’ll want to aware of any possible risks. After having breast reconstruction surgery, be sure to ask your doctor any questions you may have.