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Reconstructive Surgery After Breast Cancer

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Whether you’re unhappy with a previous breast reconstructive surgery or were never offered breast reconstruction as an option during breast cancer treatment, our breast reconstruction specialists can provide the experience, expertise and the most effective and innovative techniques available.

Why choose Johns Hopkins?

This type of surgery requires not just a skilled and experienced surgeon but also a team of doctors and nurses who treat breast cancer. Johns Hopkins plastic and reconstructive surgeons specialize in complex breast reconstruction procedures and have successfully completed reconstructions for hundreds of women, restoring their self-image after cancer treatment. Learn more about breast reconstruction.

Our Specialty Center

The Johns Hopkins Breast Center provides patients with the recommendations for treatment based on a consensus of multiple specialists across many disciplines.

Exploring Your Options for Breast Reconstruction

Providers from the Johns Hopkins Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery share what you need to consider about breast reconstruction if you need a mastectomy.

Postoperative Considerations with Tissue Expanders

Providers from the Johns Hopkins Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery talk about postoperative considerations when you have had tissue expanders placed at the time of a mastectomy.

Surgical Drain Care

Providers from the Johns Hopkins Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery share what you need to know about taking care of the postsurgical drains that are placed at the time of your mastectomy.

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Our Patient Care

We provide compassionate and expert care that addresses not only the physical, but also the emotional needs, of our patients and their families.

Pam Vierra tells her story about her breast reconstruction experience with the Johns Hopkins Breast Center and how it changed her life.

 

Our Treatments

Johns Hopkins plastic surgeons are experienced in all forms of reconstruction, including microvascular surgical options that use a patient’s own tissue, such as the DIEP flap and SGAP flap.

Visit the Breast Center to compare the types of reconstructive options, or learn more by watching the videos below.

SGAP Flap | Breast Reconstruction Overview

The superior gluteal artery perforator (SGAP) flap uses tissue from the top of the buttocks to create breast tissue. This is usually done if patients do not have adequate skin and tissue in their abdomens or have had previous abdominal surgeries.

DIEP Flap | Breast Reconstruction Overview

The deep inferior epigastric artery perforator (DIEP) flap is a common technique where skin and tissue (no muscle) is taken from a person’s abdomen to recreate their breast. Lillie Shockney, administrative director of the Johns Hopkins Breast Center, further explains.

Delayed Breast Reconstruction

Delayed breast reconstruction candidates are women who’ve had a lumpectomy or mastectomy within the last 20 days to 20 years. Lillie Shockney of the Johns Hopkins Breast Center sheds light on what most people may not know about delayed breast reconstruction.

Mastectomy Surgery | Johns Hopkins Medicine

At Johns Hopkins, the skin sparing mastectomy is the most common type of mastectomy surgery performed for breast cancer treatment. This animation shows and describes this advanced surgical procedure, which preserves the skin during the removal of one or both breasts, allowing for a better breast reconstruction result.

Tissue Expander for Staged Breast Reconstruction

Staged breast reconstruction involves expansion of the breast skin and muscle using a temporary tissue expander. This animation illustrates the process.

Delayed Breast Reconstruction Surgery

Delayed breast reconstruction is an option if a plastic surgeon was not involved at the time of a mastectomy. This animated procedure illustrates the process.

SGAP Flap Breast Reconstruction Surgery

SGAP flap procedure uses skin and fat tissue from the buttock area to create a new breast following mastectomy. This animated procedure illustrates the surgery.

Breast Reconstruction Surgery - DIEP Flap

At Johns Hopkins, the DIEP Flap reconstruction is an important option offered to mastectomy patients. This animation shows and describes this advanced surgical procedure.

 

Breast Reconstruction Resources

Breast Reconstruction Options If You Have Lymphedema

Discover Your Options for Breast Reconstruction

Ask the Expert: 7 Things You Might Not Know About Delayed Breast Reconstruction

Our Surgeons

Our surgeons are devoted to their profession and to providing attentive patient care. From the first consultation to the final check-up, they make themselves available and accessible to patients and their families.

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