Reconstructing Breasts with Feeling

By: Dr. Minas Chrysopoulo

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February 06, 2012

Most women facing mastectomy and breast reconstruction want to know what kind of feeling their new breast(s) will have.

Unfortunately mastectomy leaves many women with very little feeling long term (if any), regardless of whether they have breast reconstruction or not.

There is some good news though…. Most women undergoing DIEP or SIEA flap breast reconstruction are also candidates for reconstruction of the sensory nerves in the breasts that provide feeling. The feeling in the new breast won’t be as good as what Mother Nature provided but it’s certainly a lot better than the alternative. A nice bonus at the very least.

Once the tummy tissue (flap) is moved up to the breast, a sensory nerve in the flap is connected microsurgically to a breast nerve in the chest that was cut by the mastectomy. New nerve cells grow from the chest nerve into the flap nerve over time allowing the reconstructed breast to develop feeling.

I hope this info helps.

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  • Bonnie

    This is great news!

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  • Maria

    Over what period of time does it take for the chest nerves to grow into the diet flap nerves? At what point would someone realize that maybe this nerve regrowth may not have worked for them ?

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  • PRMA Plastic Surgery

    Great question Maria! Every individual is different, but it can take up to a year before some nerves may “wake up.”

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