The Breast Reconstruction Guidebook

The Breast Reconstruction Guidebook
Issues and Answers from Research to Recovery
Kathy Steligo

Editorial Reviews

No woman wants to lose her breasts. But when mastectomy is necessary, you have options to recreate what breast cancer takes away. But how do you find answers about reconstruction when you're still overwhelmed by your diagnosis and treatment? How real will your reconstructed breasts look? What if you don't want implants? How painful is the process? Will your insurance company pay for your surgery? How long will it take to recover?

The Breast Reconstruction Guidebook has the answers you need. Clear explanations and easy to understand text, along with photos and illustrations, demystify mastectomy and the reconstruction process. The book will help you understand the benefits and risks of different procedures and determine which option, if any, is right for you. You won't be alone: each chapter includes insights from women who have been through reconstruction. You'll learn about:

  • Mastectomy (as treatment or to reduce risk)
  • How mastectomy affects reconstruction
  • Finding the right surgeon
  • Creating a breast with implants
  • Creating a breast with your own skin and fat
  • Rebuilding your nipple and areola
  • Matching your opposite breast
  • Dealing with insurance companies
  • Preparing for surgery
  • What to expect in the hospital
  • Tips for an easier recovery
  • Restorative exercises
  • How to minimize scarring
  • What to do if you're unhappy with your results

...and much more.

It received exceptionally high reader ratings with the two most appreciated qualities being that it provided needed support and answered previously unanswered questions. TBS

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