What is oncoplastic reconstruction?
After an oncologist removes the breast cancer through mastectomy, a plastic surgeon can be brought in to perform the reconstruction process. In cases where lumpectomy is performed, the plastic surgeon can use flap surgery to fill in the removed defect, establishing symmetry and balance in the breasts. This is known as oncoplastic reconstruction because it combines the two treatments into a single session. Patients can undergo oncoplastic reconstruction before radiation.
Dr. Schneider has extensive expertise when it comes to oncoplastic reconstruction. Using microsurgery, he can create a local TDAP or ICAP flap made from the patient’s own skin, fat, and tissue. In more complex instances, he can create a DIEP or PAP flap to recreate the breast mounds.
In addition, Dr. Schneider can perform a breast lift to ensure chest symmetry, refining the appearance of the nipples. After lumpectomy, Dr. Schneider can perform breast reduction to reshape the breasts, compensating for the removal of the tumor.