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Breast Reconstruction: Regaining Your Sense of Self

Dr. Andrea Pusic Brigham and Women's Hospital

“Breast reconstruction is a restoration of a woman’s form and her sense of self,” says Dr. Andrea Pusic, Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

There are many different options and techniques available for reconstruction – from implants to using a woman’s own tissue – and choices about when to get the reconstruction – meaning immediate (at the time of mastectomy) or delayed (which could be months, or even years later). All these different techniques, are “getting close to that goal of letting a woman be herself again” and putting the cancer behind her, says Dr. Pusic.


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Andrea Pusic is the chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Brigham Health. She is an internationally renowned innovator and leader in the area of patient-reported outcomes and surgical experience. Read More

Breast Reconstruction

After a mastectomy, many women will want to have their breasts reconstructed. There are several options for how this can be done.

Treatment: Lymphedema

Lymphedema is a chronic swelling that can occur after breast cancer surgery and radiation.


What is Lymphedema?

Dr. Dung Nguyen
Stanford Medicine

Understanding and Treating Lymphedema

Dr. Dung Nguyen
Stanford Medicine