One of the most important relationships you will have during your breast reconstruction procedures is with your reconstructive breast surgeon. Your reconstruction may take place over many months or even years, you might have several revisions and nips and tucks until you have achieved the result you want to consider yourself complete. Because of this it is important to have a good relationship where you can be comfortable and honest, able to discuss the good, the bad and the ugly as you proceed throughout your surgeries.
It is important to understand that every woman is unique and that the type of breast reconstruction that is best suited to you will be a decision made in consultation with your surgeon.
Be your own advocate
No one else needs to invest in your surgery to the extent that you do. You are living with the outcome for the rest of your life, and in order to put it all behind you you need to bring what you want and need into the conversation. Not everyone is comfortable having these conversations and even the strongest of us can feel intimidated when in the surgeons office and we can get caught up in the flurry of jargon, drawings, measurements. It's common to just agree so that you can get out the door and back to some sense of control.
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Explained by Dr Dr DelaCroce via Breastcancer.org "In the context of breast reconstruction you need to be aware of a very powerful thing called intellectual leverage. When you are talking with an expert such as a plastic surgeon, and if they have an inbuilt bias towards a particular technique, they can lead you down a path and encourage you to choose what they want you to choose."
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