You may need more than one operation. Work A cancer diagnosis can create challenges to your ability to work. The use of abdominal donor perforator free flaps for breast reconstruction is widely advocated, with the DIEP flap heralded as the gold standard for breast reconstruction. In addition, flap ischaemic time did not appear to statistically affect complication rates. Contact our cancer nurses.
NHS website - Breast reconstruction after mastectomy
Depending on the type of flap you have, you may need an implant as well. Talk to your doctor about what you can expect. The breast reconstruction images have been reproduced with permission from Breast Cancer: Living well after cancer. What will it be like when I go home? All or some of this muscle and a flap of local skin and fat is moved to the chest to form a reconstructed breast. Townsend CM Jr, et al.
Living well after cancer. Recovery after an implant or flap reconstruction can take several weeks. But you can have a temporary implant during radiotherapy and a second reconstruction operation after the radiotherapy. You'll be given antibiotics at the time of the operation to reduce the risk of infection. Inserting mesh into the abdomen to replace the muscle helps strengthen the abdominal wall. Working after treatment ends.