How Long Should You Wait Before Scheduling Breast Reconstruction After a Mastectomy?
With so many unique cases and factors to consider when it comes to breast reconstruction after a mastectomy, how do you know when the right time is to schedule the surgery? This is a question that needs to be answered by your surgeon but read on for a general overview and commonly shared beliefs on this subject.
What's Your Situation?
If you decided to have a mastectomy with no cancer diagnosis involved, it is likely that you can go ahead and have your breast reconstruction with no problem. However, if you have had a cancer diagnosis this changes things a little.
Some women may have to undergo more chemotherapy or radiation after their mastectomy, so this will delay or prevent a breast reconstruction surgery. If this is the case for you, it is best to wait and talk with your doctor about any further treatment requirements and get his or her professional opinion on when you will be able to schedule this surgery.
Radiation and Overall Health
If you require more radiation and chemotherapy after you mastectomy, you will need to let the tissue in the breast area of the body. The general time frame for this is approximately 4-6 months, but will be determined by a professional.
Often times after radiation and chemo, our bodies are in poor health or weakened. Other medical issues, such as diabetes or circulation problems also need to be taken into consideration. Your surgeon will cover all of these potential problems when determining if you are eligible for breast reconstruction.
If you have recently undergone a mastectomy, it is best to wait and talk with your surgeon and doctor to determine when you are able to have breast reconstruction surgery done. In general, women can expect to wait 4-6 months after chemo or radiation is completed.