How can a woman know if breast reconstruction is right for her?

Dr. Hicks discusses how a woman can know if breast reconstruction is right for her. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Breast reconstruction is something available to all women who have had a lumpectomy or a mastectomy because of breast cancer. However, choosing to have breast reconstruction surgery is a completely individual decision, according to the American Academy of Plastic SurgeonsOff Site Icon (AAPS).

The AAPS states that breast reconstruction surgery might be a good option for a woman who:

  • Does not have additional medical conditions or illnesses to cause problems with healing
  • Is able to cope well with her diagnosis and treatment
  • Has a positive outlook about body image
  • Has realistic goals of recovery

However, the way for one person to move forward might not be the same way another person chooses to move forward, according to the AAPS.

The best first step is to have a conversation with your primary care provider to discuss your options, health, and timing to decide what’s best for you.

For more information about how to decide if breast reconstruction is right for you, talk with your doctor.

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