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What are the challenges of breast reconstruction without implants?

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Flap surgery -- what doctors call a breast reconstruction that utilizes the woman's own body tissue -- is more involved than implant surgery. Like all major surgeries, you could have complications, such as bleeding, infection, or poor healing.

Flap procedures require a longer hospital stay than implant surgery; people who choose flap procedures stay in the hospital for 5 to 6 days, versus 1 or 2 days for an implant.

It leaves scars in the area the tissue is taken from, but they fade over time.

SOURCES:

American Society for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons: “Breast Reconstruction.”

Breast Cancer.org: “Screening After Breast Reconstruction,” “TRAM Flap,” ”TRAM Flap Reconstruction: What to Expect.”

American Cancer Society: “Types of breast reconstruction,” ”Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy.”

Cancer Research UK: “Breast reconstruction using body tissue.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on August 6, 2019

SOURCES:

American Society for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons: “Breast Reconstruction.”

Breast Cancer.org: “Screening After Breast Reconstruction,” “TRAM Flap,” ”TRAM Flap Reconstruction: What to Expect.”

American Cancer Society: “Types of breast reconstruction,” ”Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy.”

Cancer Research UK: “Breast reconstruction using body tissue.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on August 6, 2019

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