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What are the complications of reconstructive surgery for breast cancer?

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Many women choose to get their breast reconstructed right after their cancer is removed. Some problems that can happen with that type of surgery include:

  • Infection
  • Poor healing
  • A leak or rupture of your breast implant
  • Scar tissue around your implant

SOURCES:

Breastcancer.org: "Surgery Risks," “Is Breast Reconstruction Right for You?”

American Cancer Society: “Surgery for Breast Cancer.”

Michael S. Sabel, MD, "Patient education: Surgical procedures for breast cancer — Mastectomy and breast conserving therapy (Beyond the Basics)

Reviewed by Gabriela Pichardo on January 20, 2020

SOURCES:

Breastcancer.org: "Surgery Risks," “Is Breast Reconstruction Right for You?”

American Cancer Society: “Surgery for Breast Cancer.”

Michael S. Sabel, MD, "Patient education: Surgical procedures for breast cancer — Mastectomy and breast conserving therapy (Beyond the Basics)

Reviewed by Gabriela Pichardo on January 20, 2020

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