Ask the Doctor- Would I be eligible for reconstruction?

This week, James E. Craigie, MD, of The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction answers your question.

Question: I will be having a prophylactic mastectomy for PALB2 mutation. I am interested in DIEP natural breast reconstruction but I have had mesh umbilical hernia repair. Would I be eligible for this surgery? Are there any tests that would be needed to find out if my vessels are any good in my abdomen?

Answer:  Thank you for your question. Yes and yes. It is still very possible you could have a DIEP. It depends on several other factors. The specific test I would order for my patients in similar scenarios is an MRI angiogram. The test is very specialized and very helpful. Let me know if you have more questions.

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