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The Complete Guide to Breast Reconstruction

Choosing the Best Options after Your Mastectomy

Kathy Steligo

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The definitive guide to breast reconstruction—now completely revised and updated.

For more than twenty years, The Complete Guide to Breast Reconstruction (formerly The Breast Reconstruction Guidebook) has been an essential resource for individuals who are undergoing mastectomy and thinking about breast reconstruction. In this revised edition, two-time breast cancer survivor Kathy Steligo covers the critical information patients need, from finding the right surgeon to weighing options and making informed decisions.

Anyone considering a mastectomy faces a perplexing array of issues, questions, and...

The definitive guide to breast reconstruction—now completely revised and updated.

For more than twenty years, The Complete Guide to Breast Reconstruction (formerly The Breast Reconstruction Guidebook) has been an essential resource for individuals who are undergoing mastectomy and thinking about breast reconstruction. In this revised edition, two-time breast cancer survivor Kathy Steligo covers the critical information patients need, from finding the right surgeon to weighing options and making informed decisions.

Anyone considering a mastectomy faces a perplexing array of issues, questions, and decisions in their treatment options. This updated and expanded edition provides a comprehensive road map of the entire mastectomy and reconstruction experience. Steligo explains the advantages and disadvantages of postmastectomy options, including staying flat, using prostheses, and undergoing reconstruction with breast implants or a patient's own tissue. The extensively updated text includes new information on

• The benefits and limitations of traditional versus advanced procedures
• How mastectomy affects sensation, scarring, and projection
• What to expect from nipple-sparing mastectomy
• How reconstruction restores shape, size, and projection
• The pros and cons of saline and silicone breast implants
• The differences between muscle-sparing and muscle-sacrificing natural tissue reconstruction
• Improving results with fat grafting
• 3-D nipple tattooing
• How radiation therapy impacts reconstruction
• Male mastectomy and reconstruction
• The physical and emotional effects of surgery and recovery

Featuring before-and-after patient photos, expert commentaries, and patient stories, this guide describes the mastectomy and reconstructive journey from research to recovery so readers can make informed decisions about what is best for them.

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... a reliable source of information for individuals grappling with breast cancer.

For more than 20 years, FORCE has recommended this essential resource to anyone who is considering a mastectomy to prevent or treat breast cancer. This updated version is the single most important resource available.

A guiding light in your journey to wellness, this is the definitive work on breast reconstruction for those facing mastectomy. Twenty years after the book's first edition, countless readers have been empowered by the voice in its pages, which speaks as a trusted friend who's been there.

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Book Details

Publication Date
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Available
Trim Size
6
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9
Pages
368
ISBN
9781421447599
Illustration Description
35 halftones, 32 line drawings
Table of Contents

Foreword
Sue Friedman, DVM
Introduction
Part I. Mastectomy and Breast Reconstruction Basics
Chapter One. Why Mastectomy?
Chapter Two. Considering a Risk-Reducing Mastectomy
Chapter Three. Going Flat

Foreword
Sue Friedman, DVM
Introduction
Part I. Mastectomy and Breast Reconstruction Basics
Chapter One. Why Mastectomy?
Chapter Two. Considering a Risk-Reducing Mastectomy
Chapter Three. Going Flat: Mastectomy without Reconstruction
Chapter Four. How a Mastectomy Affects Reconstruction
Chapter Five. Breast Reconstruction Basics
Part II. Rebuilding the Breasts
Chapter Six. Reconstruction with Breast Implants
Chapter Seven. The Expander Experience
Chapter Eight. Autologous Tissue Flaps
Part III. Procedures to Improve Symmetry, Shape, and Appearance
Chapter Nine. Revision Procedures
Chapter Ten. Modifying Your Opposite Breast
Chapter Eleven. Final Touches: Re-creating Your Nipple and Areola
Part IV. What to Expect from Prep, Post-op, Recovery, and Beyond
Chapter Twelve. Preparing for Surgery
Chapter Thirteen. What to Expect in the Hospital
Chapter Fourteen. Back Home
Chapter Fifteen. Dealing with Unexpected Problems
Chapter Sixteen. Life after Reconstruction
Part V. Finding Answers, Making Decisions
Chapter Seventeen. Shopping for Surgeons
Chapter Eighteen. Payment and Insurance Issues
Chapter Nineteen. A Road Map for Making Difficult Decisions
Chapter Twenty. Information for Family and Friends
Acknowledgments
Glossary
Resources
Notes
Index

Author Bio
Kathy Steligo
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Kathy Steligo

Kathy Steligo (SAN CARLOS, CA) is the coauthor of Living with Hereditary Cancer Risk and The Breast Cancer Book. She is a two-time breast cancer survivor.