There are often times when patients may undergo a lumpectomy with an oncoplastic reconstruction of the lumpectomy defect and then in the future undergo a mastectomy. This may happen in patients who have a genetic mutation that puts them at higher risk for breast cancer. In these patients, the nipple areola complex may be preserved as it is re-positioned to a higher location on the breast. The nipple areola complex blood supply is then re-established and a mastectomy can be performed with a higher chance of remaining viable after the mastectomy. In these patients hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a helpful adjunct to facilitate wound healing and maintain nipple areola complex blood supply.
About Brian Dickinson
Dr. Dickinson is a Board Certified Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon operating out of Newport Beach, California. He believes that the reconstructive and aesthetic surgical principles appropriately complement each other and share's his techniques and advice freely.View all posts by Brian Dickinson