Every two minutes, on average, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer. Every breast cancer is different—and every woman who receives this diagnosis responds differently. For some women, breast reconstruction surgery is part of any treatment plan from the beginning. Reconstruction of the breast following a lumpectomy or mastectomy is just as unique as the personalized plan to eradicate breast cancer.
Why Choose Us?
Our team of specialists in breast reconstructive surgery collaborate with the oncology team at the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine. Because we work so closely together, many women are able to choose the timing of their reconstruction surgery. Thanks to the expertise of our surgeons, who employ the latest in innovative techniques, women choosing breast reconstruction experience natural-looking results.
Conditions We Treat
- Partial and complete breast-tissue loss
- Unevenly sized or shaped breasts
- Absence of nipple
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What to expect
Breast reconstruction is a personal choice. Our surgeons—and the oncologists at Siteman Cancer Center—will meet with you to discuss the options available, as well as their risks and benefits. When it’s time to create a treatment plan, we want you to do so with clarity and confidence.
Preparing for your visit
Before your first meeting with one of our breast reconstruction specialists, we encourage you to spend some time thinking about the goals you want treatment to help you achieve. Make a list of questions you have and concerns about treatment you’d like to discuss, and bring them with you. Your specialist will have lots of questions for you, too, so come prepared to talk about your health history and your current condition. In some situations, it can be helpful to invite a trusted family member or friend to accompany you to your appointment as they may have a perspective that is relevant and valuable—and may be helpful to you in discussions after your appointment as you consider treatment options.
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