What Is My Best Reconstructive Surgery Option After Lumpectomy and Radiation?

Sometimes, the answers we need are found in unexpected places. Our team is happy to share our information…wherever we go!

This week, Dr. Richard Kline of The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction answers your questions.

Q: I had a lumpectomy on my right breast in 2007. My oncologist has given me the green light to plan reconstructive surgery. I’m hoping to have some sort of reconstructive surgery to balance both breasts. I’m 69 years old. The odd part of this request is that a close friend of mine sat next to Dr. Kline on a flight from Louisville to Charleston!

A: It was a pleasure talking with your friend on the plane, she seemed extremely nice, and immediately mentioned you when she learned what I do for a living.

There are potentially several reconstructive routes one can go after lumpectomy with radiation, depending on your present situation and your goals. As you probably know, your chances of successfully tolerating a breast implant in the radiated breast, while not zero, are much diminished due to the radiation.

If it’s OK with you, I’d like to have our nurse Chris or P.A. Kim call you, and get a few more details about your situation. After that, we can chat by phone, and I’ll give you my honest opinion about which potential interventions might be best for you.

Dr. Richard M. Kline, Jr.

Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction

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