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Capsulectomy and Implant Reconstruction post Lumpectomy and Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer

Radiation of mammary prosthesis can increase the chances of capsular contracture following lumpectomy for breast cancer. When patients experience a capsular contracture, they generally feel a tightness around the breast pocket and the implant tends to displace superiorly beneath the pectoralis major muscle if the implant is sub-pectoral. Treatment of the capsular contracture involves removal of all or some of the capsule that surrounds the mammary prosthesis. The procedure is done as an outpatient procedure under a general anesthetic.

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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.