Expertise in Breast Reconstruction Options
Compassionate Care Close to Home
Houston Methodist’s experienced breast reconstructive surgeons understand that breast cancer can be an overwhelming diagnosis. We provide advanced breast reconstruction and restoration procedures in a caring and supportive environment, while allowing you to rehabilitate and regain femininity. With multiple locations across Houston, our breast reconstructive surgeons offer expert care close to home or work.
We are experts in:
- Advanced breast reconstruction techniques, including use of the patient’s own excess abdominal tissue to reconstruct the breast or using implants
- Mastectomy, including nipple-sparing mastectomy, with or without immediate reconstruction
- Microsurgery to restore form, function and sensation to the breast, as well as supermicrosurgery, which involves the connection of tiny blood vessels
- Sculpting to make the restored breast appear natural
Houston Methodist is one of only a few hospital systems around the country, and the only one in Houston, with expertise restoring breast sensation after a mastectomy. In addition to pioneering and mastering the complex techniques needed to reestablish breast sensation, our skilled microsurgeons continue to improve this procedure through clinical trials.
Types of Procedures
Our highly skilled surgeons perform the following breast reconstruction and restoration procedures in the community:
- Nipple-sparing mastectomy with immediate reconstruction — the skin of the breast and nipple are preserved and reconstruction takes place during mastectomy
- Delayed reconstruction — reconstruction occurs some time later than mastectomy, typically in cases involving radiation after mastectomy
- Restoration — microsurgical connection of nerves to offer the possibility of regaining normal breast sensation
- Flap procedures —transplanting of excess tissue to resemble breast tissue :
- Deep inferior Epigastric Perforator Flap (DIEP FLAP) — harvesting of excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen
- Inferior gluteal artery perforator flap (IGAP FLAP) — use of tissue from the lower buttock without sacrificing the underlying gluteal muscles
- Superior gluteal artery perforator flap (SGAP FLAP) — harvesting of tissue and blood vessels from the top buttock without injuring the underlying gluteal muscles
- Superficial inferior epigastric artery flap (SIEA FLAP) — harvesting of small vessels from the fatty layer just below the abdominal skin for blood supply of a reconstructed breast
Breast Reconstruction: Mitsy's Story
Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy With Immediate Reconstruction
The nipple-sparing mastectomy with immediate reconstruction is a “game changer,” our surgeons say, because it is safe, effective and cosmetically appealing to patients. This innovative microsurgery, pioneered at Houston Methodist and performed at multiple locations across Greater Houston, can save patients’ lives and allows for more natural-looking results.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Does breast sensation change after surgery?
Usually after mastectomy, there will be a decrease in sensation. Many nerves in the nipple travel through the breast skin and tissue. During a mastectomy, that tissue is removed with those nerves. By using a patient’s own tissue during breast reconstruction, our microsurgeons can sometimes reconnect one or more nerves to improve sensation in the breast.
Who is a candidate for breast reconstruction?
Who is a candidate for double mastectomy?
Is breast reconstruction covered by insurance?
Is reconstruction using implants possible?
How will I look after breast reconstruction?
What is a nipple-sparing mastectomy with immediate reconstruction?
What options exist for patients who want to use their own tissue for breast reconstruction?
How long is recovery after mastectomy and reconstruction?
How do I find the right doctors?
Will a patient need surgery on the healthy breast to achieve symmetry?