October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. When we #GoPink, we help raise awareness of the disease, and continue the conversation about early detection, education and support. During every step of the journey, there is help and hope.
The physicians and staff at the Runnels Center help hundreds of women each year regain their natural appearance after a mastectomy, lumpectomy or injury, while combining the latest techniques with compassion and the highest quality of care.
Q & A with Dr. William North and Dr. Scott Runnels
Am I a good candidate for breast reconstruction?
Dr. Runnels: Breast reconstruction is not for everyone. While most women underdoing mastectomy are candidates, it requires general anesthesia and may not be advised for women or who are not in good health and not able to withstand additional surgical or anesthesia time.
Are there different types of reconstruction?
Dr. North: During reconstruction we are trying to reconstruct the natural size, shape and feel of the breast, so the best option depends on your age, body and activity level to name a few. We can reconstruct with an implant, your own body tissue or a combination of both.
What is the timeline for reconstruction?
Dr. North: You can have immediate reconstruction or choose to wait. We recommend waiting if you are currently undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatments. Once you have fully healed from treatment, we can begin to talk about scheduled reconstruction.
What is the recovery time and post-op limitations?
Dr. Runnels: Recovery time is usually 4-6 weeks depending on the type of reconstruction. It is important in the early stage, usually 3-4 weeks after surgery, to increase motion and prevent undue strain on the smaller shoulder muscles. Around 6-8 weeks, you can progress to more upper body strengthening exercises.
Learn more in Runnel’s Center Breast Resource Blog.
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