Have you been suddenly placed in a difficult situation where deciding on life-changing surgery due to breast cancer means altering your feminine appearance? Receiving the diagnosis of breast cancer is already hard enough, but now you have to decide on what surgical options are best for you. Dr. Washington specializes in breast reconstruction and offers a variety of surgeries to suit your individual needs and goals.
If you’re considering breast reconstruction surgery after breast cancer removal, there are a variety of options available. Whether you’re looking for a natural look or a more enhanced appearance, Dr. Washington can help you achieve the results you desire. He is highly experienced in performing both implant-based and autologous (using your own tissue) breast reconstruction surgeries. With a multidisciplinary approach, Dr. Washington will discuss your options based on the extent of breast cancer removal and need for chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy.
What kind of breast reconstruction surgery is there?
Implant Based Reconstruction: After the breast surgeon completes his or her part of the procedure, Dr. Washington will assess the remaining tissue and defect to determine the best approach. He can either do immediate implant reconstruction or place a tissue expander to expand the overlying tissue and delay implant insertion. If a tissue expander is placed, this will require a series of expansion in the office every two weeks until the desired size is achieved. Thereafter, the tissue expander is exchanged for an implant.
Autologous Reconstruction: Autologous breast reconstruction involves the use of your own tissue to reconstruct the breast. This can be performed the same day as the mastectomy or delayed. The areas of the body where we would normally take your own tissue are the abdomen, back, or between your thighs. If you are considering this option, Dr. Washington will discuss what area is the best to take tissue from based on your anatomy and available tissue to reconstruct your breast(s).
Dr. George Washington also offers a variety of nipple and areola reconstruction options following mastectomy and breast reconstruction procedures.
What should I expect after breast reconstruction surgery?
After surgery, you will be placed in either a supportive garment or wrapped with bandages to maintain the position of the breasts. Your sutures will dissolve and not require removal. Your incisions will be covered with special adhesive tape. Typically patients return to work one to two weeks post-op and can resume normal activities and exercise after four to six weeks. Oftentimes, breast reconstruction requires more than one surgery to reach your reconstructive goals, which can take at least six months to complete. This can be a daunting process, but Dr. Washington and his team will be there every step of the way with you until your reconstructive goals are met!
Why choose breast reconstruction surgery with Dr. Washington?
Dr. Washington specializes in various reconstructive techniques with the ultimate goal of making you feel whole again. His training at UT Houston has prepared him to manage the simplest to the most complex cases. If you’re interested in learning more about breast reconstruction surgery, we invite you to contact us today to schedule a consultation. We look forward to discussing what surgical option is right for you and helping you achieve your goals!
“The most important and fulfilling aspect to me, is seeing the joy in my patients eyes after surgery; the spark in them signifying the moment when they realize their refined beauty reflects their spirit and inner beauty.”