The Breast Reconstruction Guidebook, Second Edition

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9780966979978: The Breast Reconstruction Guidebook, Second Edition

The best-selling guide to mastectomy and reconstruction has been rewritten and updated. The 2nd edition of The Breast Reconstruction Guidebook retains all the comprehensive information, descriptions ad explanation of the original issue, along with new information about the lattest implant and flap reconstruction procedures, how to find a surgeon who specializes in these newer techniques and much more. No woman wants to lose her breasts. But having a mastectomy doesn't have to mean living without them. How do you find answers about mastectomy and reconstruction when you're still overwhelmed by your diagnosis and treatment? How real will your new breasts look and feel? What if you don't want implants? How painful is the process? Will your insurance cover all the costs? What is recovery like? The Breast Reconstruction Guidebook has the answers. Easy-to-read text explains mastectomy and demystifies reconstructive options. You'll understand the benefits and risks of different procedures, so you can determine which technique, if any, is right for you. You won't be alone; each chapter includes insights from women who have been through it all.

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From the Publisher:

Mastectomy is a shocking pronouncement. Your oncologist or surgeon may recommend it to eliminate your breast cancer - who knew that "catching it early" might also mean losing a breast? Perhaps you've decided it's the best way to reduce your risk of developing the disease. Maybe you're trying to decide between lumpectomy and radiation or mastectomy.

Whatever your circumstances, you have alternatives after losing your breast. There are many ways to reconstruct a breast; you can choose which option is right for you. These choices, however, require decisions. Decisions require information.

You won't find answers in this book, but you will find the information you need to make your own decisions. You may decide reconstruction is right for you. You may not. Either way you’ll understand the benefits and limitations of each reconstructive technique, and what to expect each step of the way: before your surgery, in the hospital, during recovery, and life beyond reconstruction.

From the Author:

Many cancer patients say their disease was a learning opportunity. That's certainly been my experience. I've heard those four horrible word—"you have breast cancer"—three times, had four biopsies, two lumpectomies, eight weeks of radiation, a sentinel node biopsy, genetic counseling and testing, bilateral mastectomies and reconstruction. While I would never have chosen these particular opportunities for learning, each one, it its own way, gave me more insight into the disease, into myself, and compassion for other women who lose their breasts.

When I went looking for reconstructive options, I hoped to find a book like this. I found plenty of books on breast cancer. Some provided a chapter or two on reconstruction, but none had the comprehensive, objective information I needed. I wanted a single source that didn't favor one technique over the other; something that translated technical terms and procedures into understandable concepts, and explained practical aspects of recovery and life after breast surgery. That single source didn't exist. And that's why I've written this book, to share what I've learned with you and other women who wonder what reconstruction is really like.

To my own mountain of research, I added information from clinical studies and medical journals, and perspectives from oncologists, surgeons, nurses, and other medical professionals. More than 400 women took the time to share their own experiences and offer information they wished they had before reconstruction; many of their comments are included.

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