Reconstructive Surgery After Cancer

Harry Salinas, Plastic Surgeon at Miami Cancer Institute, says having a reconstructive surgery after cancer depends on the type of cancer. "When you're talking about a neck tumor, you can't leave somebody with a large defect in their jaw, for example, because it would really impair their ability to feed themselves and to really function," he explains. He also points out the satisfaction when you have a breast reconstruction after the mastectomy and the subsequent treatment, the data shows that the satisfaction tends to be a little better when you do it delayed because they've lived without a breast and they see that dramatic change, for example.

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