A breast cancer survivor herself, Dr. Rodgers has a special understanding of the struggles and recovery process of breast reconstruction. Likely no other plastic surgeon in the Denver area can tell a woman more about the process of reconstruction and the options that are available. As both a doctor and a patient, Dr. Rodgers is uniquely qualified to guide women along their reconstruction journey.
All that considered, while creating breasts for cancer survivors may be the most common reason for breast reconstruction, it’s certainly not the only one. Many women with congenital malformations may also find a solution in this particular procedure. Poland syndrome (when one breast has developed much more than the other) and tubular breasts (when breast tissue has herniated through the areola area causing a “Snoopy Dog” or baby bottle appearance) can also be corrected to provide a more symmetrical, natural look.
It is important to note that while most breast surgeries are not covered by insurance, breast reconstruction for breast cancer usually is. Check with your provider to learn more about your specific plan.
At a Glance
|Procedure||Breast reconstruction for cancer is a procedure performed under general anesthesia with patients typically staying overnight for the first surgery then transitioning to outpatient processes for the following staged procedures. For congenital deformities, the surgery is almost always outpatient.|
|Benefits||Helps lumpectomy patients regain symmetry, recreates the breast for mastectomy patients or creates greater physical symmetry following tissue removal or to correct a congenital disorder.|
|Recovery time||Typically requires 2 weeks of recovery with shorter times for succeeding procedures. There are athletic activity, lifting, pushing and pulling restrictions for 5 weeks.|
|Potential risks||Infection, bleeding, loss of sensation; asymmetrical breasts.|
|Tips||Patients are advised to find a strong support system as breast reconstruction can require multiple procedures.|
As with all surgeries, there are certain risks involved. That’s why Dr. Rodgers will be sure to discuss your procedure in detail—describing the realistic potential results and any possible risks—during your initial consultation. Dr. Rodgers performs all surgeries in the safety of a hospital and hand selects board-certified anesthesiologists to provide the best possible care.