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Do you have to have two stages of breast reconstruction?

One-stage breast reconstruction is only an option for breast cancer patients who don’t require additional treatments, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy, after mastectomy. This is because radiation therapy and chemotherapy given after surgery can cause a reconstructed breast to lose volume and change color, texture, and appearance. In one-stage breast reconstruction, a breast cancer surgeon removes the breast, and then a plastic surgeon either reconstructs the breast with tissue from another part of the body or inserts a breast implant. The major advantage of this approach is it only requires one major surgery. Additionally, a woman wakes up from her mastectomy with breasts. 

What are the stages of breast reconstruction?

How is the first stage of breast reconstruction performed?

How long does it take to recover from breast reconstruction surgery?

What does it feel like after breast reconstruction surgery?

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