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|2/25/2010||I have DCIS and am trying to decide between lumpectomy/radiation and mastectomy no radiation. I am very interested in reconstruction following the procedure. I already have implants and wonder the best direction for reconstruction.|
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|2/25/2010||its interesting that more and more women seem to be opting for mastectomy with reconstruction as of late. it certainly is an option and personal choice. nice to have choice too vs some women who have large invasive tumors and must do mastectomy. reconstruction options, assuming you have a little fat to spare perhaps are: implants of course, but more popular now are DIEP flap (taking tummy fat but NO muscle and transplanting the tissue up to your chest. no lifting restrictions. no hernia risk! and a flat tummy!!) or S-GAP (taking hiney fat) or a TUG (taking thigh fat!). not many breast centers have plastic surgeons expert in all of these though so choose carefully. many women travel long distances to have one of these procedures done with us. we specialize in these types of microvascular flap reconstructions. (I've personally had bilateral diep flap done and love it) call 443-287-2778 if you want to come our way. worth the trip. L|
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