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Question from ABC: I've already had reconstruction and am not happy with the results. My doctor is recommending not doing over. I disagree. What are my options?
Answers - Maurice Nahabedian I would have to know what type of reconstruction. If a patient is dissatisfied with an implant reconstruction, there are a variety of options that can be considered. This includes redoing the reconstruction with an implant or using her own tissues. If the reconstruction that she is dissatisfied with utilized her own tissues, those options can only be performed once and an unsatisfactory result may require the use of an implant to correct. It's important to realize that any reconstruction that utilizes the abdominal skin and fat—TRAM or DIEP or SIEA— can be performed one time only, because those are all abdominal-based.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Breast Reconstruction featured Maurice Nahabedian, M.D. and Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about different techniques in breast reconstruction, the pros and cons of implants and body tissue transfers, when you might want to reconstruct, and many more issues related to rebuilding your breast/s after breast cancer surgery.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in November 2003.

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