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Breast Reconstruction

Breast reconstruction can be performed immediately after a mastectomy, or months or years later. Geisinger’s Plastic Surgery team offers the full spectrum of breast reconstruction options, including microsurgical breast reconstruction. Your surgeon will work with you to evaluate which of the reconstruction techniques will best suit your needs.

  • Breast reconstruction with implants
    This reconstruction uses a breast implant, similar to the implants used in breast augmentation.   This is often a staged reconstruction requiring two or more procedures.
  • Breast reconstruction with your own tissue
    A flap procedure, or autologous reconstruction, uses your own tissue to form the shape of a breast. Examples include:
    • Transverse rectus abdominus myocutaneous (TRAM) flap
      Abdominal tissue is transferred to the chest..
    • Transverse Upper Gracilis (TUG) flap
      Tissue from the thigh is transferred to the chest using microsurgical techniques.
    • Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator (DIEP) flap or free TRAM flap
      Abdominal tissue is transferred to the chest using microsurgical techniques.
  • Breast reconstruction with combined techniques
    • In some circumstances, both autologous  tissue and implants are necessary.

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