Nowhere is our team-oriented approach more evident than in our approach to breast reconstruction surgery. At The Cosmetic Surgery Clinic in Kitchener-Waterloo, we are home to a regional breast reconstruction program serving patients from London, Guelph, Cambridge and throughout Southwestern Ontario. Our surgeons, 2 of whom are female, are experienced in advanced microsurgical and breast reconstruction techniques, and we offer a range of advanced options.
If you have had or will have a mastectomy to treat or prevent breast cancer, our Waterloo surgeons can help you understand your breast reconstruction options. Request a consultation online to meet personally with one of our surgeons, or call our office at (519) 804-9822 to schedule an appointment.
The first step in making decisions about breast reconstruction surgery is to understand all of your options — including not having reconstruction. Our breast reconstruction specialists provide details about the range of surgical options available and help you understand what can be quite complex information. We've developed excellent relationships with general surgeons as part of our regional breast reconstruction program at Cambridge Memorial Hospital (CMH), so your surgical plan is seamlessly coordinated with your medical team.
All breast reconstruction surgery performed at CMH is covered by health insurance.
Our surgeons offer all surgical options for breast reconstruction, including the most advanced techniques available. The option that best suits your needs depends on a combination of your personal preferences, medical diagnosis, and physical characteristics.
Breast reconstruction surgery is divided into 2 categories:
Each option is available to our patients.
The goal of breast reconstruction is to have breasts that are very similar to the shape and symmetry of natural breasts. This can be done using breast implants, or using skin and fat tissue taken from another part of your body (called an autologous flap technique).
Breast reconstruction with implants: Women choose to have breast implants for a number of reasons. Some patients don't have enough fat in another part of their body to make a flap technique viable; others prefer the more streamlined procedure. There are 2 options for breast reconstruction with implants:
Autologous flap breast reconstruction: Some women prefer to use skin and fat tissue (and sometimes muscle) from another part of the body instead of breast implants. The most common donor sites are the abdomen, the upper back, or the buttocks. The tissue is shaped into a breast mound and may look and feel more natural than a breast implant.
Recovery following breast reconstruction using an implant or tissue expander is generally shorter than if the surgeon performs an autologous flap technique. That's because flap procedures involve 2 separate surgical sites and multiple incisions. In either case, patients who undergo immediate reconstruction typically spend 2 to 3 days in the hospital before returning home. Recovery times vary from patient to patient, but expect it to take 3 to 6 weeks before you can return to your normal routine.
The expectations following breast reconstruction surgery depend primarily on the type of procedure performed. If you undergo immediate breast reconstruction, whether using an implant, tissue expander, or a flap technique, you will have breast mounds when you wake up in the recovery room. That's an important psychological benefit for many patients.