Breast reconstruction describes the surgical method of rebuilding the breast to resemble its natural form following mastectomy (breast removal) or trauma. Breast reconstruction is possible immediately following a mastectomy (breast removal) or on a delayed basis after the mastectomy. The decision to reconstruct a breast is a very personal one and our job is to provide you with information so that you can make an informed decision as to if and when breast reconstruction surgery is right for you. Who can better understand your needs than a board certified female plastic surgeon?
Why have breast reconstruction?
- To create a breast that can come close in form and appearance to matching a natural breast
- To eliminate the need for a prosthetic device
- To better fit into bras and clothing
- To restore confidence
With advancements in modern medicine and technology, many options are available in post-mastectomy breast reconstruction. As an experienced female surgeon, Dr. Christine Sullivan understands the emotional and physical challenges of breast reconstruction surgery. During your consultation, Dr. Sullivan will discuss the options and devise a reconstructive plan that is ultimately best for you. Your breast reconstruction surgery may be:
- Immediate- performed at the time of the mastectomy in a hospital setting in tandem with your breast surgeon.
- Delayed- performed as a separate surgery after healing from the mastectomy at The Sullivan Centre.
You will most likely be tired and sore for a few weeks after breast reconstruction. The details of the post-operative recovery period will be dictated by the exact nature of the reconstructive surgery. For most mastectomy patients, breast reconstruction dramatically improves their appearance and quality of life following the surgery.
At The Sullivan Centre, we always put safety first. Our ambulatory surgical center has been licensed by the State of Ohio and accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). We have achieved a near zero percent infection rate. Furthermore, we only use board certified anesthesiologists for all of our operations.
Depending on your insurance coverage, the delayed breast reconstruction procedure may be performed at The Sullivan Centre and will take approximately two and a half to four hours under anesthesia. If the breast reconstruction surgery is performed on an outpatient basis you can recover in the comfort of your own home. Most women can return to work in two- six weeks and can resume normal exercise in a few months.
All individual pre and post-operative needs will be discussed with our nursing team during your comprehensive pre-operative appointment.
In 1998, President Clinton signed into law the “Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act,” which ensures that a woman’s health plan that covers mastectomy surgery must cover all stages of reconstruction to both the breast with cancer and the breast without cancer, if desired. Contact your insurance provider to determine your surgical benefits. Make certain that both Dr. Christine Sullivan and The Sullivan Centre facility are in-network providers.
Real Patient Review
“This was not a surgery- it was an experience. Thank you for exceeding my service and quality expectations! I am grateful to all. From the ladies of the office to the anesthesiologist, all were exceptional. I will continue to refer my family and friends to the Sullivan Centre.”
–K.C.T. Sullivan Centre Patient