What is Immediate Breast Reconstruction?
Breast reconstruction at the same time as mastectomy surgery is called immediate reconstruction. When the oncology surgeon removes the breast, your plastic surgeon reconstructs it with tissue from another location on your body or an implant. Nearly all the work is done during one operation, and you wake up with a rebuilt breast.
Immediate reconstruction may not be possible if you need additional treatments such as radiation or chemotherapy; your surgeon might recommend waiting until after these treatments are finished before starting reconstruction. Alternatively, they may suggest doing part of the reconstruction immediately and finishing the reconstruction after chemotherapy or radiation. However, if you have a mastectomy to reduce the high risk of breast cancer, reconstruction is always done immediately.