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The Breast Reconstruction Guidebook

, 288 pages

25 b&w photos, 24 line drawings

August 2017



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The Breast Reconstruction Guidebook

Issues and Answers from Research to Recovery

fourth edition


Since 2002, The Breast Reconstruction Guidebook has been the best resource on this topic for women who have had a mastectomy. Equal parts science and support, it is filled with stories that illustrate the emotional and physical components of breast reconstruction. Kathy Steligo, a gifted writer and breast cancer survivor who has twice had breast reconstruction, compassionately answers women's questions about how they will respond emotionally and physically to losing a breast, whether to treat or prevent breast cancer. Steligo provides detailed descriptions of the various surgical options for mastectomy and reconstruction, as well as information on choosing and paying for a surgeon, preparing for and recovering from surgery, and handling the many practical details and difficult decisions women will face along the way. A road map of the mastectomy and reconstruction journey, this book gives women the comprehensive, unbiased details they need to make their own informed decisions about whether reconstruction—and which reconstructive option—is right for them.

Readers learn how breasts can be recreated using implants or their own tissue and the advantages and disadvantages of each option. Surgery timelines, recovery, and potential problems (and how they can be resolved) are also explained. A new foreword by Dr. Minas Chrysopoulo, MD, of the PRMA Plastic Surgery Center for Advanced Breast Reconstruction, highlights the book's strengths and offers a medical perspective on breast cancer and reconstructive surgery.

The extensively updated text includes new discussions of
• innovative reconstructive procedures
• contralateral mastectomy
• the benefits and limitations of nipple- and areola-sparing mastectomies
• nipple delay procedure
• patient-controlled tissue expansion
• cohesive gel silicone implants
• microsurgical advances that improve tissue flap procedures
• fat grafting
• nipple reconstruction
• nipple and areola tattooing
• reconstruction with the BRAVA system
• pregnancy after TRAM
• male mastectomy and reconstruction
• decision making and solving cosmetic and medical post-op problems
• surgical procedures that reduce the risk of cancer
• the latest research data on mastectomy and reconstruction
• and much more

Kathy Steligo is the editor-at-large for Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE). She is the coauthor of Confronting Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer: Identify Your Risk, Understand Your Options, Change Your Destiny and Confronting Chronic Pain: A Pain Doctor's Guide to Relief.

"This is a bible for all patients facing mastectomy and breast reconstruction."

"A comprehensive guide to the ins and outs of breast reconstruction when mastectomy is unavoidable, The Breast Reconstruction Guidebook walks the reader through the entire decision-making process step-by-step, from sorting through options and dealing with the insurance company to planning for post-operative recovery."

"The single most important resource for anyone who is considering mastectomy, with or without reconstruction."

"This is an invaluable guide for anyone navigating what is likely the most fearful journey of their lives. This comprehensive resource presents the latest reconstructive options in a very thoughtful and easy-to-understand way, provides much needed hope, and helps alleviate the overwhelming confusion often felt by those facing breast cancer surgery. This latest edition is an excellent update of an already phenomenal book."

"In a constantly evolving specialty, being up to date is critical—and this book is exactly that. It is an essential read for all patients and health care providers."

"The Breast Reconstruction Guidebook has been used at the Texas Center for Breast Reconstruction for years now. It provides a complete and detailed explanation of the various breast reconstruction options for patients and has been of tremendous benefit to our patients. There are few such comprehensive sources available and it is one of the best."

"My patients have found the guide to be an extremely useful resource for their reconstructive journey. It does an excellent job of empowering them to make good decisions about their options following mastectomy."

"This work is readable, extremely well organized, and, most important, objective. I recommend this book to all of my patients and to anyone going through breast cancer or reconstruction. Thank you, Kathy Steligo, for this valuable contribution, which helps women make difficult decisions about their futures."

"Now in its fourth edition, The Breast Reconstruction Guidebook remains the definitive resource for straight talk about restorative breast surgery. Kathy’s overall message is wonderfully positive and should serve as a north star within the surrounding sea of information. Empower yourself with knowledge and be encouraged."

"This book is a must for a patient taking the steps to have a mastectomy due to cancer or for prophylactic purposes. It is also relevant to all healthcare staff who are caring for the patient through this journey and their families and loved ones."