Reconstruction after prophylactic mastectomy?

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Question from DG: Two years ago, I had lumpectomy, rads and chemo. I just had the BRCA1 testing done and I do have the BRCA1 gene. With my young age and family background, everyone is recommending I do a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy. I wanted to know if there is no evidence of disease, can the reconstruction be done immediately?
Answers - Carolyn Chang Absolutely, yes, but you would need to discuss the particulars with your surgeon to make sure that is something he or she agrees with. With the radiation on one side, your options for a simple implant might be limited. You should be followed by a general surgeon very closely, and that would include screening mammograms.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Reconstruction and Safe, Sexy Cosmetics featured Carolyn C. Chang, M.D., Anna-Dee Rinehart, S.C.S., and moderator Lillie Shockney, R.N., B.S., M.A.S. answering your questions about reconstructive surgery and safe, sexy cosmetics.

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