Breast Reconstruction in Kansas City
Dr. Jon E. Rast understands the deep emotional and physical trauma that often accompanies breast cancer treatments, like radiation therapies and mastectomy. Breast reconstruction surgery is a great option to rebuild a woman’s self confidence and body contours after cancer.
Breast Reconstruction After Cancer
We often hear women use the phrase “my cancer” in a subtle acknowledgment of the personal sense of betrayal by a woman’s own body. Sometimes there’s a feeling that a woman is redefined by “her cancer.” Often, her sense of self is diminished, accompanied by a fear of the lessening of womanhood, of femininity, of attractiveness.
It’s an extremely personal sense of self that breast cancer alters. But we can help restore what it claims with breast reconstruction.
Restore A Natural Look
It is Dr. Rast’s goal to restore a natural look and promote your breast redefinition, without cancer at the center of your view of yourself. Appearance isn’t everything, but restoring a sense of normalcy with reconstructive surgery helps our Kansas City patients take a big and important step on the road to recovery.
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As with all of our breast surgery patients, we pride ourselves on providing our patients with deeply personal care. Dr. Rast and his staff will listen to your questions and concerns about reconstructive breast surgery, and we’ll explain medical terms and techniques clearly and openly.
In every surgery, there are risks, benefits, and trade-offs. We will consult with you and offer our guidance as you make your choices. We want to understand and help you with physical considerations prior to surgery and afterward.
Breast reconstruction is a highly individualized procedure, and different techniques offer different advantages and disadvantages. Dr. Rast uses 2 techniques for performing reconstructive surgery: an implant procedure or a flap procedure. In either procedure, it is sometimes necessary to operate on the unaffected breast in order to maintain symmetry.
Breast implants are widely used for breast reconstructions. With an implant procedure, scars are limited to the breast area. An implant reconstruction usually involves 2 surgeries. Generally, this process offers a faster recovery with fewer risks than the flap method. It’s mostly used in patients who have not had radiation and are comfortable with implants.
During a flap reconstruction procedure, tissue is moved from one area of the body to the affected breast region. The two possible donor sites used in flap reconstruction are the back (latissimus flap) and the abdomen (TRAM flap).
TRAM flap reconstructive surgery is one of the most sophisticated approaches to breast reconstruction surgery. TRAM stands for “transverse rectus abdominus myocutaneous” and uses muscle, fat, tissue and skin harvested from the abdomen to create a reconstructed breast. Our practice has established a unique proficiency in this surgery. This procedure also has the added benefits similar to a tummy tuck procedure.
During the procedure, arteries and veins in the harvested tissue are microscopically attached in a highly technical process. This close work requires two collaborating surgeons and increases the chance for a positive outcome.
Dr. Rast performs this delicate work with the utmost attention to quality and detail. We never forget the personal impact of battling cancer and healing yourself, and we’re honored to help you succeed.
Plastic Surgery Certifications and Professional Societies
American Board of Plastic Surgeons
American Society of Plastic Surgeons®
Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
Kansas City Plastic Surgery Society, President 2013