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What are the stages of breast reconstruction?

The staged approach to breast reconstruction involves some reconstructive surgery during the mastectomy or lumpectomy and more reconstructive surgery after any additional radiation or chemotherapy treatments. The first stage involves placing a tissue expander that preserves the shape of the breast until radiation or chemotherapy has been completed and the tissues have recovered (usually 4-6 months). In stage two, the tissue expander is removed and replaced with a permanent breast implant. 

How is the first stage of breast reconstruction performed?

Do you have to have two stages of breast reconstruction?

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

What does it feel like after breast reconstruction surgery?

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