This year alone, more than 190,000 women — including many in an around Knoxville — will be diagnosed with breast cancer. One of the most common breast cancer treatments requires a mastectomy to remove the cancer and prevent it from spreading. The emotional consequences of a mastectomy can be hard to predict, even though this may be a medically necessary procedure.
One recent study found that women who are undergoing mastectomy surgery are often uninformed about all of their options.
Board-Certified Knoxville Plastic Surgeon Dr. Dean Kleto has extensive experience working with women who are facing a mastectomy. Dr. Kleto will take the time to carefully discuss all of your options after your mastectomy including breast augmentation. This way, you can make the right choice for you.
Breast Reconstruction Facts
The women interviewed for one study on this subject were largely uninformed about the facts regarding breast surgery and reconstruction.
Here are some things you should know.
- Reconstruction does not alter the risk of cancer recurrence.
- Reconstruction does not hinder detection of recurrent cancers.
- If you smoke, you must quit to become a candidate for reconstruction.
Not all mastectomy patients are candidates for breast reconstruction. Those who are elderly, obese, or who have serious health problems are generally not good candidates for reconstruction.
To learn about all of the many breast surgery options available in Knoxville, please contact Dr. Kleto’s office online or call (865) 366-4755 to schedule your breast augmentation consultation with our skilled Knoxville plastic surgeon.