For a woman who has undergone a lumpectomy or a mastectomy the breast reconstruction procedure is a very important and emotional process towards healing. Dr. Schreiber specializes in breast reconstruction and is considered one of the nicest Maryland breast reconstruction specialists. To create an aesthetically pleasing breast after a lumpectomy or mastectomy there are a number of techniques available for the reconstruction. Dr. Schreiber usually performs the procedure using a breast implant or your own tissue from your abdomen or back.
The reconstruction utilizing an implant begins by stretching the skin using a tissue expander making a pocket for the breast implant. After the expander is removed a soft natural looking implant is placed in the pocket created. If you desire to use your own tissue and and adequate amount of tissue is available, the breast is recreated by moving the excess tissue to the chest. This can be done by using the muscle with the abdominal skin (TRAM flap – Transverse Rectus Abdominis Muscle flap) or using the skin only and microscopically reconnecting the blood vessels (DIEP flap – Deep Inferior Epigastric Pedicle flap.)
In order to complete the reconstruction, Dr. Schreiber can create a new nipple using some of the new breast skin and tattoo an areola, both done right in the office.
Studies have shown that women who undergo reconstruction have a better outlook on life and improves how they feel about themselves. This was proven in a study done in part by Dr. Schreiber: “Breast Reconstruction in the Elderly: Preserving Excellent Quality of Life.” Girotto, John A. MD; Schreiber, Jeffrey MD; Nahabedian, Maurice Y. MD, FACS. Dr. Schreiber is the recipient of the prestigious Patients’ Choice Award from patients rating Maryland plastic surgeons, Dr. Schreiber is devoted to his patients and to achieving all of their aesthetic goals.
Reasons for Considering Breast Reconstruction
- Restore self image
- Feel better about yourself
- Improve the way you look
- Dr. Schreiber aims to reconstruct your breast(s) to give you the look you’ve always wanted!
- Restore self confidence
- Improve your outlook on life
- Breast Reconstruction – General Procedure
Dr. Schreiber will proceed with breast reconstruction surgery immediately following the lumpectomy or mastectomy procedure. In some cases it may be necessary to delay reconstruction, usually delaying is recommended if radiation treatment is going to be performed following surgery.
***Every patient is unique, and each form of reconstruction is tailored to fit each patient’s desires under each specific situation. Please consult with Dr. Schreiber to find out which form of reconstruction will fit you the best and give you the results that you want.
Dr. Schreiber performs breast reconstruction at Northwest Hospital in Randallstown, Maryland, the SurgiCenter of Baltimore in Owings Mills, Maryland, Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson, Maryland, and at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson, Maryland. All of these facilities are easily accessible from Towson, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Pikesville, Ruxton, Lutherville, Howard County, Annapolis, and Washington D.C.
Recovery Process for Breast Reconstruction
The recovery process depends on the type of breast reconstruction chosen. If you choose expander/implant reconstruction, plan on spending 1-2 days in the hospital for recovery. Please allow 6 weeks before returning to exercise. Also, small drains will be placed, and we’ll teach you how to take care of them. If you decide to undergo reconstruction using your own tissue, please plan on spending 3-5 days in the hospital. This also involves avoiding exercise for 6 weeks and the placement of drains. Dr. Schreiber is committed to pain relief and making sure your post-operative recovery is as comfortable as possible. He is available 24/7 for any questions, and he takes pride in getting back to his patients right away.Google+