Breast cancer is a devastating diagnosis that affects millions of women every year. For many women, a mastectomy is the recommended course of action to remove the cancerous tissue. While a mastectomy can be lifesaving, it often comes with the undesired side effect of lost sensation in the remaining breast skin. Fortunately, PRMA Plastic Surgery is at the forefront of breast reconstruction techniques that can restore sensation after mastectomy.
At PRMA Plastic Surgery, a team of skilled surgeons is using cutting-edge techniques to maximize sensation to the breast following mastectomy. These techniques involve a combination of surgical procedures and advanced technology to re-establish sensation through reconnecting sensory nerves that were damaged during the mastectomy.
The TruSense® procedure involves identifying sensory nerves that normally provide sensation to the abdominal skin and soft tissue used for breast reconstruction. Once identified, these sensory nerves are transferred with the accompanying abdominal skin and soft tissue to the mastectomy site and used to repair the sensory nerves that were removed during the mastectomy. The sensory nerves are carefully reconnected using microsurgical techniques in order to re-establish sensation to the breast following mastectomy.
In cases where sensory nerves accompanying the abdominal skin and soft tissue utilized for breast reconstruction are NOT adequate, PRMA surgeons use another technique called Resensation® to restore sensation to the breast. As a revolutionary procedure, Resensation® involves using nerve allografts (donated nerve tissue) to promote ingrowth of sensory nerves from the chest into the reconstructive tissue through microsurgical techniques.
Both of these techniques have been shown to be highly effective in restoring sensation to the breast. Patients who have undergone these procedures report a significant improvement in their quality of life, as they are able to feel more like themselves again after their mastectomy.
At PRMA Plastic Surgery, restoring sensation after mastectomy is a top priority. The team of skilled surgeons is dedicated to providing patients with the best possible outcome and helping them achieve a sense of normalcy after their cancer treatment. If you or a loved one is facing a mastectomy, be sure to ask about the advanced techniques available at PRMA Plastic Surgery to restore sensation to the breast.
-Dr. Ochoa and Tabetha Williams
“Set realistic, attainable goals after your surgery. Your body is going to feel different now than it did before surgery. If you are doing it simply to lose weight or get back into a certain dress or pant size you may be setting yourself up for failure. Reset your compass.”