- Question from Judy: Will normal sensation return after reconstruction, if two years have already gone by and the numbness is still there?
- Answers - Maurice Nahabedian In general, in women who have reconstruction using their own tissues, there will be a return of sensation in about 50% of patients by one year. If the sensation has not returned by two years, it would be very unlikely that any sensation will be restored. The reason for this is that the sensory nerves to the breast have the potential to regenerate and grow into the newly constructed breast. The rate of nerve growth is extremely slow and generally progresses at the rate of one inch per month. Usually this process is completed by one year's time.
- Marisa Weiss, M.D. It's possible that for women who've also had a lot of chemotherapy and radiation that the time for nerve regrowth might be somewhat slowed. For women whose breast area remains numb, some women have been able to fantasize and imagine breast and nipple sensation in a way like they used to experience. This may take some practice and maybe even lessons on visualization or meditation...and maybe even help from erotic literature. Sometimes it's fun to be resourceful and experiment a little.
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