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Breast Reconstruction

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For individuals undergoing or who have recently undergone a mastectomy, breast reconstruction is a very important part of recovery and is just as personal as your treatment plan. Several breast reconstruction methods are available to you through the Virtua Fox Chase Cancer Program.

The Program’s Surgeons
The program’s surgeons are board-certified and nationally-recognized cancer reconstruction physicians from Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. They specialize in restoring the appearance and function for patients with breast cancer. The lead surgeon is Sameer A. Patel, MD, FACS, attending general surgeon, Fox Chase Cancer Center Medical Group, who is on staff at Virtua.

Tissue Flap Breast Reconstruction
Dr Patel, who is board certified in plastic surgery and surgery, has a 99%* success rate (based on 2011-13 data) with tissue flap breast reconstruction performed at Virtua. This procedure is intended to provide a more natural, real look and feel.

What to Expect with Tissue Flap Breast Reconstruction
After a mastectomy, the plastic surgeon will take tissue from another part of your body to reconstruct the breast. The abdomen is the most common donor site. With this surgical procedure, all or a majority of the abdominal muscle is preserved. When the abdomen is not available, tissue can be taken from the buttocks or the inner thigh.

Possible Benefits of the Tissue Flap Breast Reconstruction

  • More natural look and feel
  • No foreign tissue inserted into the body
  • One surgery
  • "Tummy tuck" performed along with breast reconstruction

For more information on breast reconstruction options, call 1-888-VIRTUA-3 (1-888-847-8823).

Additional Breast Reconstruction Options

Breast Implants
After a mastectomy, the plastic surgeon will insert a tissue expander under the chest muscle. In the weeks after surgery, the surgeon will inject saline solution into the expander to stretch the skin and prepare for the implants. When ready, saline or silicone-filled implants are inserted. Possible benefits of breast implants include:

  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Scar limited to breast
  • Shorter surgery
  • Shorter recovery time for first surgery

Latissimus Dorsi Flap
After a mastectomy, the plastic surgeon may use a combination of a breast implant with a tissue flap to reconstruct the breast.

Whichever procedure you chose, Virtua Fox Chase Cancer Program surgeons are here to help.

Breast Reconstruction Videos

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For more information, call 1-888-VIRTUA-3 (1-888-847-8823).