Is it ever too late for reconstruction?

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Question from GrandmaP: I am 7 years out from my mastectomy surgery, yet sometimes I do regret my decision to not do reconstruction. Is it even a possibility for me at the point?
Answers - Joseph Serletti There is absolutely no time limit on delayed reconstruction. It can occur typically six months after the mastectomy, or up to 20 or 30 years after the mastectomy. The most important factor is when the patient is ready to move ahead with reconstruction.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Reconstruction Updates featured Joseph Serletti, M.D. and moderator Jennifer Sabol, M.D. answering your questions about breast reconstruction.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in May 2007.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. 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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