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Dr. James Grant Thomson, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
330 Cedar Street; Po Box 208041
New Haven, CT
 

Dr. James Thomson is a plastic surgeon and hand surgeon in New Haven, CT and Guilford, CT. He speaks French. His areas of expertise include general reconstruction, free flap breast reconstruction, and head and neck cancer reconstruction. Dr. Thomson is affiliated with VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Yale New Haven Health System. After completing medical school at McGill University Faculty of Medicine, he performed his residency at Montreal General Hospital. Dr. Thomson honors Anthem, ConnectiCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , free flap breast reconstruction, TRAM flap breast reconstruction, breast reconstruction

All Interests: Microsurgery, Down Syndrome, Wrist Problems, Endoscopic Surgery, Wounds, Hemangiomas, Cosmetic ... (Read more)

Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Neurosurgery
Yale New Haven Shoreline Medical Center; One Long Wharf Drive
New Haven, CT
 

Dr. John Persing practices plastic surgery and neurosurgery. After attending the University of Vermont College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at the University Medical Center, Tucson. These areas are among his clinical interests: eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Dr. Persing's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Persing takes. He is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Persing is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , free flap breast reconstruction, TRAM flap breast reconstruction, breast reconstruction

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Down Syndrome, Endoscopic Surgery, Injectable Fillers, Cosmetic ... (Read more)

Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Head and Neck Surgery, General Surgery
330 Cedar Street; Boardman Building 3rd Floor Box 208041
New Haven, CT
 

Dr. Deepak Narayan works as a plastic surgeon, head and neck surgeon, and general surgeon in New Haven, CT and West Haven, CT. He graduated from Madras Medical College and then he performed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut. He takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Narayan's professional affiliations include VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Yale New Haven Health System. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , breast reconstruction

All Interests: Port-Wine Stains, Cosmetic Surgery, Parotid Cancer, Salivary Gland Tumor, Sarcoma, Fractures, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery, General Surgery
789 Howard Avenue
New Haven, CT
 

Dr. Harold Gewirtz, who practices in Stamford, CT, New Haven, CT, and Greenwich, CT, is a medical specialist in plastic surgery, hand surgery, and general surgery. Patients gave Dr. Gewirtz an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gewirtz include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Great-West Healthcare, Anthem, and Health Net. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Gewirtz is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , free flap breast reconstruction, TRAM flap breast reconstruction, breast reconstruction

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Dermabrasion, Botulinum Toxin Injection, Breast Augmentation, Microsurgery, Down ... (Read more)

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What is Breast Reconstruction?

Breast reconstruction is surgery to restore the appearance of the breast, usually after a mastectomy. The choice of how to proceed after the removal of a breast is a deeply personal one, with some women opting to wear a prosthetic form in a bra, and others choosing to embrace their new breastless form as a reminder of their strength and survival. Those options are perfectly acceptable, but many women feel most comfortable with their missing breast tissue surgically replaced. Breast reconstruction can be part of a patient’s return to normal after experiencing breast cancer.

There are a few different methods used to create the round shape of the breast on the chest. A flap of fat, skin, and muscle can be taken from the side, abdomen or buttock and implanted on the chest to create a breast from the patient’s own tissue. Alternatively, the skin over the chest may be gradually stretched to allow for the placement of an implant. Stretching of the skin is done using expanders, which are similar to breast implants, except they increase in size when saltwater solution is injected into them. Many women also choose to combine the flap procedure with implant placement to achieve their desired result. Once the new breast shape is formed, a nipple can be created and even tattooed to match the other side.

Reconstruction may be done in a single surgery or broken up into multiple procedures:

  • Immediate reconstruction rebuilds the breast right after mastectomy. This method is not recommended if additional chemotherapy or radiation is needed after surgery.
  • Delayed reconstruction occurs after chemotherapy or radiation has been given. These treatments may decrease the volume or alter the color of the reconstructed breast, so they should be completed before the breast is rebuilt. This type of reconstruction may happen weeks, months, or even years after mastectomy.
  • Staged reconstruction splits the reconstructive process into two parts. The first part inserts temporary expanders to stretch the skin and is done immediately after breast removal surgery. The second part replaces the expanders with implants after chemotherapy or radiation treatments have been given.
Breast reconstruction is not perfect. The two breasts may not always look exactly identical, although they will be close. There may be small scars, and a loss of sensation in the reconstructed breast. A reconstructed breast will not produce milk, so you may have trouble breastfeeding. Still, reconstruction is a great option for women who want that part of their appearance back.

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