Breast reconstruction is a surgery, usually completed after a mastectomy (removal of breast), to reconstruct a breast. Dr. Matthew Lynch’s has unique and specialized training with this type of operation and he has numerous years of experience completing these surgeries. He is widely recognized as one of New Jersey’s leading experts in reconstructive surgery.
Breast reconstruction surgery can be completed immediately following a mastectomy, or partial mastectomy. There are a variety of methods used for breast reconstruction surgery, and Dr. Lynch will assist in helping you choose the optimal solution for your situation.
There are many options for breast reconstruction. One option is to complete a breast reconstruction by using a tissue expander and Breast Implants. A tissue expander is inserted under the chest muscle, and is replaced by a more permanent implant in the future. Once the expander is in place, saline is injected to gradually increase the surrounding tissue. The process to reconstruct the nipple and the areola is usually completed in a separate procedure.
Flap reconstruction takes place when tissue from the woman’s body – usually from the abdomen, back, thigh or buttocks – is used to build the breast. The procedure to take the tissue from the abdomen is called a TRAM Flap (transverse rectus abdominis myocutaneous flap). Some patients favor this procedure as it essentially results in a “tummy tuck” (abdominoplasty) at the same time. A DIEP Flap (deep inferior epigastric perforator flap) is similar to a TRAM flap however the rectus muscle is spared.
A Latissimus Dorsi Myocutaneous Flap procedure is where the large flat muscle at the back is moved to the front of the chest, and can be moved without much loss of function. It is also one of the operations that allows the tissue to remain connected to the body and still be moved.
Although recovery from implant based reconstruction is usually quicker than that for flap reconstruction, recovery varies from patient to patient, and will typically be four to six weeks. Dr. Lynch will discuss with you extensively the best type of procedure for your situation.