This week, James E. Craigie, MD, of The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction answers your question.
Question: I’ve had two radiated breasts, now what?
Answer: Thanks for the question. If your breasts have been radiated, then I’m assuming you have not had mastectomy and would not need breast reconstruction. If you have had radiation following mastectomy ( surgery to remove the breasts), then you can undergo breast reconstruction when you have recovered from the radiation (minimum of 6 months after last treatment). After radiation, using your own tissue would be the best option because radiation increases the risk for problems with implants.
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