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Types of Reconstruction

This section outlines the many options available and information about reconstructing breasts following mastectomy.

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Show & Tell Book
Featuring 29 post-mastectomy models, this book is designed to empower women and take the fear out of mastectomy and reconstruction. Powerful and positive post-surgical images, descriptions of each model’s procedures, and personal stories offer a realistic and helpful reference for anyone who is facing mastectomy.

Confronting Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer
This FORCE-endorsed book was written by founder and Executive Director Sue Friedman; geneticist Rebecca Sutphen, MD; and health writer, Kathy Steligo. This book is a comprehensive resource on all topics related to hereditary cancer, genetic testing, and risk-management.

Post Mastectomy Photo Gallery
Secure site with images of women after mastectomy and reconstruction. These photos were submitted by our members to help other women who need to make decisions about mastectomy and reconstruction

Surgeon Referral Tool
The Patient Experience Contact Tool is a searchable database of surgeons and related health-care providers that have been used by members of our community. The tool is provided to allow patients to connect one to one and share their experiences about their experiences.

Reconstruction Panel Q & A Webcast
Webcast from 2011 Joining FORCEs Conference of reconstruction panel discussion featuring several plastic surgeons discussing different types of reconstruction.

Books

Breast Reconstruction Guidebook
This comprehensive resource, written by author Kathy Steligo, presents all the information that women need to make informed decisions about reconstruction in a clear and easy-to-read manner.

Other Websites

Breast Implant Answers
The web site addresses women's outstanding questions about the science and safety of saline and silicone breast implants. Developed in partnership with Allergan and an expert group of researchers, scientists and physicians, the Web site includes information about the evolution of silicone breast implants, the FDA review process, and the science and technology of saline and silicone breast implants, among many other topics.

Breast Reconstruction Matters
Website from Lifecell that outlines options after mastectomy. The site contains information about most of the types of reconstruction options.

Breast Reconstruction Guidebook Website
The website for this comprehensive book has a lot of great information including how to find a direct-to-implant or perforator flap surgeon in your area.

Diepflap.com
This plastic surgeons' sites includes information about the DIEP and GAP flap methods of reconstruction, which may provide the aesthetic advantages of tram and gluteal flap reconstructions while preserving more muscle than TRAM or gluteal flaps. Doctors sites are useful, but keep in mind that they emphasize the advantages of this method.

BreastCenter.Com
This plastic surgeons' sites includes information about the DIEP and GAP flap methods of reconstruction, which may provide the aesthetic advantages of tram and gluteal flap reconstructions while preserving more muscle than TRAM or gluteal flaps. Doctors sites are useful, but keep in mind that they emphasize the advantages of this method.

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