Overview of breast reconstruction procedure

Your specific procedure will depend on your cancer treatment and the type of breast reconstruction you will have. For most patients, breast reconstruction will require two to three surgical procedures over the course of 6 to 12 months.


Reconstruction can be done at the same time as a mastectomy, or it can be done months or even years later.

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Preparing yourself

There are various things to think about when preparing for breast reconstruction. It is also important to have realistic expectations.

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Like any surgery, recovery varies after breast reconstruction surgery. Healing will continue for several weeks.

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There are some specific factors that seem to play a role in a woman’s satisfaction with her breast reconstruction results.

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The risks associated with any surgical procedure vary and also depend on the patient’s existing medical problems.

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Future screening

Although some women report that breast reconstruction reduces their fear of breast cancer coming back, some women still experience fear and anxiety, particularly around the time of annual check-ups.

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