What are options for breast reconstruction after a total mastectomy to treat breast cancer?

Updated: Feb 13, 2019
  • Author: Mary Jo Wright, MD; Chief Editor: James Neal Long, MD, FACS  more...
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Postmastectomy reconstruction may be immediate or delayed. Options are as follows:

  • Implant-based methods – Expanders and saline or silicone implants

  • Autologous tissue-based methods – Transverse rectus abdominis myocutaneous (TRAM) flap, latissimus dorsi flap, deep inferior epigastric perforator (DIEP) flap

  • A combination of the 2 methods

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