If you’re a New Jersey woman preparing to undergo a mastectomy and breast revision, you probably have a lot of questions. Should you get an immediate, or delayed breast reconstruction? Should you get an implant, or go with a flap procedure? Will your reconstructed breast(s) feel natural? You may also be wondering if you’ll feel any sensation in your reconstructed breast. As you’ll find out below, loss of sensation is similar after mastectomy regardless of what type of breast reconstruction your New Jersey plastic surgeon performs.
What Happens During a Mastectomy?
When you have a mastectomy, the vast majority of breast tissue is removed. This includes skin, glandular tissue, blood vessels and nerves. The tissue is removed to eliminate the cancerous cells, and also to prevent them from coming back in the future. Unfortunately, since nerves are cut and removed, this means that following a mastectomy, New Jersey women will lose nearly all sensation in their breasts. Even the nipple in a nipple preserving mastectomy has no retained sensation.
The Types of Breast Reconstruction Surgery.
There are two main types of breast reconstruction surgeries: implant or FLAP procedure, when tissue from your own body is used to create a breast. FLAP breast reconstruction surgeries can remodel tissue – muscle, fat, blood vessels and skin. Flaps can come from a variety of places on your body including your abdomen (DIEP or TRAM), buttocks, hips or back. The flaps generally do not have sensation when placed into the breast for reconstruction. Implant reconstruction also does not enable recovery of sensation into the breast. There will be sensations of pressure and even cold or hot. The sensual perception of the breast skin is not retained after mastectomy. A reconstructed nipple will have no sensation.
Where Do I Get My Questions Answered?
Being diagnosed with breast cancer can be very frightening, and New Jersey women do not make the decision to get a mastectomy lightly. But, you are not alone. Not only have thousands of New Jersey women gone through mastectomies and breast reconstruction, board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Comizio has helped many of them.
If you are facing a mastectomy and breast reconstruction and have any questions about the procedure including the loss and regaining of breast sensation, call Dr. Comizio for a consultation at (973) 775-9248.