Reconstruction options with a baby?

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Question from Chris: Is it good to have an implant or to have reconstruction when you have a baby?
Answers - Kutluk Oktay, M.D. In terms of the problems occurring during pregnancy, implants are better, especially if the reconstruction is done using tummy muscles, or TRAM-flap. That kind of reconstruction removes muscles that will contain the growing uterus, so in some cases, hernias and sometimes organ compression may occur, though this is extremely rare. Also, after reconstruction with tummy muscles, if the woman lactates, there may be asymmetry between breasts as the reconstructed breast will not go through similar changes. Obviously, with implants they can consider bilateral implants, so that may be perhaps more fixable. That's one of the things that needs to be considered.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Fertility and Pregnancy featured Kutluk Oktay, M.D. and Leslie Schover, Ph.D. answering your questions about breast cancer treatments that can affect your fertility, options for preserving your fertility, being treated for breast cancer while pregnant, and more.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in September 2008.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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