Breast Reconstruction
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings
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What is Breast Reconstruction?

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The goal of the procedure is to create a reconstructed breast that appears as similar to the natural breast as possible.

Possible Complications

Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have a breast reconstruction, your doctor will review a list of possible complications which may include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Abnormal scarring
  • Painful and/or restricted arm and shoulder motion
  • Uneven appearance of breasts, due either to position or size
  • Implant may harden, rupture, or leak
  • Implant may make cancer detection (through mammogram and/or self-exam) more difficult
  • Newly reconstructed breast will not have nerve sensation

Some factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Bleeding disorder
  • Malnutrition
  • Chronic illness or debilitation (eg, heart disease, lung disease) ...
 
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