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Know your options

The choice to undergo breast reconstruction is a very personal one. While many women choose to have their breasts reconstructed after mastectomy, others opt against it. No matter your decision, it’s imperative to know that speaking with your physician is a great starting point.

If you are considering breast reconstruction, one of the first things to determine with your physician is whether to undergo implant-based or autologous reconstruction. The timing of your reconstruction should also be a shared decision. Below are a few different options for breast reconstruction surgery:

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Staged Implant Based
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Certain patients may be candidates for Hidden Scar Breast reconstruction surgery. In a Hidden Scar Breast Reconstruction procedure, surgeons will use the same incision in the natural crease beneath the breast (inframammary fold) that the breast surgeon used to perform the Hidden Scar Mastectomy procedure. To learn more about Hidden Scar techniques, talk to your doctor and click here.

Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your surgeon. All surgery presents risk and breast reconstruction is a major surgery where serious complications could occur. Risks specific to breast reconstructive surgery include bleeding, blood clots, infection, healing problems, tissue death (necrosis), loss of breast sensation, problem with breast implants, tissue expanders or other devices used, uneven breasts and/or need for revisionary surgery. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information. Speak to your surgeon in order to determine the appropriate procedures and/or techniques required for your situation.

Dr. Arash Momeni discusses the importance of knowing your options and provides tips for shared decision making in breast reconstruction.

Get to know the technology

Adequate blood flow is crucial to surgical success and the body’s ability to heal. Even a few hours of impaired blood flow can lead to post-operative complications. SPY Fluorescence Imaging technology allows surgeons to visualize blood flow intraoperatively, which may help them make certain decisions to improve surgical outcomes.

Get to know the technology

Adequate blood flow is crucial to surgical success and the body’s ability to heal. Even a few hours of impaired blood flow can lead to post-operative complications. SPY Fluorescence Imaging technology allows surgeons to visualize blood flow intraoperatively, which may help them make certain decisions to improve surgical outcomes.


Find a location with SPY fluorescence technology

To locate a facility/hospital in the United States that uses SPY Elite or SPY-PHI fluorescence imaging technology nearest you, please enter your zip code.

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      The information is for educational and informational purposes only and is designed to serve as an aid to patients and presents current information and opinions related to surgical options for breast cancer patients. The surgical options discussed herein are descriptions based on prior peer-reviewed clinical research and practice conducted by surgeons.

      Stryker does not dispense medical advice and recommends that healthcare professionals be trained in the use of any particular product, technique or procedure before using it in a surgery. Stryker, the manufacturer of the SPY-PHI Imaging System and SPY Elite Imaging System, does not practice medicine and does not recommend these or any other surgical techniques for use on a particular patient. The surgeon who performs any particular procedure is responsible for determining and utilizing the appropriate techniques for such procedure in each individual patient based on their particular characteristics and based on the surgeon’s clinical judgment, knowledge and education. Stryker is not responsible for selection of individual surgical techniques to be utilized for an individual patient. The surgical techniques utilized are to be determined by the surgeon in question. A surgeon must always rely on his or her own professional clinical judgment when deciding whether to use a particular product, technique or procedure when treating a particular patient.

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