Reconstructive surgeryaims at restoring the form and function of the body, which has been altered due to cancer treatment.
Commonly used plastic surgical techniques for reconstruction include
- Skin grafts
- Flaps (tissue from the patient’s own body)
- Tissue Expanders
Some commonly reconstructed areas include
- Head, face and neck – cancer of lips, tongue, cheek, oral cavity, jaw, orbit
- Chest wall, abdomen – sarcomas and other tumours
- Extremities – arms and legs
- Skin – melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma
- Breast cancer
Breast cancer reconstruction is a unique surgery in itself. Recreating the look and feel of a normal breast goes a long way in boosting confidence and helping in mental recovery. Breast cancer reconstruction is done either at the same time as the cancer removal or sometimes later as a secondary procedure after completing chemotherapy or radiation therapy. It also includes surgery done for matching symmetry with the opposite breast so that well fitting bras and clothes can be worn. In some cases, patients who are at high risk of breast and ovarian cancer development may need to get genetic testing done and undergo prophylactic(before cancer develops) surgery.
The diagnosis and treatment of cancer and its reconstructive journey can be an overwhelming phase in a patient’s life. Getting the right guidance and support from an experienced team can make all the difference! The Cancer Reconstructive Surgery Program at Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital is here to make this experience as smooth and easy as possible.