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Sue's Story

Breast Reconstruction After Breast Cancer

Sue Burrs and Dr. Kristen Broderick

Sue Burrs, a 44-year-old Pennsylvania resident, opted for staged breast reconstruction after her double mastectomy.  After the mastectomy, Burrs says the emotional toll of losing her breasts finally hit her.

"I didn't feel feminine," she says. "And I had some depression and anxiety. But each time Dr. Broderick filed my expanders, I started to feel like my old self again." Burrs received her implants in September. In a few months, she plans to have a three dimensional nipple built using her own tissue.
"They can make the nipple look so real, you don't even know that it's fake unless you touch it." Burrs adds."It's amazing." The level of detail, combined with the surgeons' expertise and personal attention, is why Burrs said she chose the Breast Center for her reconstruction. 
Read more about Sue's story in Johns Hopkins Bayview's Breast Center publication.


Treatment Team



The Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery brings together a team of board certified plastic surgeons who specialize in complex breast reconstruction procedures, and devoted to providing attentive patient care. Learn more about our plastic and reconstructive breast surgery team.

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Condition Information

Women considering breast reconstruction have the option for reconstruction at the time of their mastectomy or reconstruction over time, in a series of stages.

Learn more about breast cancer and breast reconstruction.
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