At Advanced Cosmetic Surgery of New York, we help many women after a mastectomy. We give them back the confidence they have lost when their breasts were removed. While we often discuss what it’s like to get breast implants, we don’t normally cover what happens before surgery.
As we were browsing stories on the Internet, we found one woman who was courageous enough to discuss her surgery. She reveals some of the things that many people don’t ever tell you about the surgery. We felt it was important to share her message to all of you who may be facing the same journey with breast cancer.
Meet Jessica Delfino
Jessica Delfino had a grueling summer after her 39th birthday. Not only did she suffer a miscarriage, but she also found a lump in her left breast. After getting in touch with her doctor, she had an ultrasound and then met with a radiologist. While the lump was found to be benign, doctors felt it was important to take it out because she wanted to start a family.
She didn’t need a mastectomy, but she did need to have breast surgery. The following is what she realized:
- The doctors give you a breathing tube during surgery. You end up with a hoarse voice.
- The recovery bra isn’t attractive.
- The ice pack isn’t exactly the right size.
- It’s not comfortable to sleep on the side of the lumpectomy.
- It’s hard to find a recovery bra once you leave the hospital.
- It can be hard to head outside after surgery.
You can read more of her story on Mashable.com. She offers some great advice to those who may be facing a lumpectomy.
Lumpectomy vs. Mastectomy
Many women who find a benign lump in their breast will elect to have lumpectomy vs. a mastectomy to save their breasts. Those who have a malignant lump are more apt to choose a mastectomy to reduce the chances of cancer reoccurring. This major decision is best made with the advice of a cancer specialist, also called an oncologist.
Words for Women Fighting Cancer
“You have breast cancer,” is something no woman ever wants to hear. It’s a disease that has affected millions in our nation. Whether you’re fighting breast cancer with a lumpectomy or mastectomy, know we are rooting for you every step of the way. Stay confident and fight hard. This is your life you are fighting for, and you are stronger than you think.
Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help you. We have offices in Manhattan and Commack, Long Island. We also have evening and weekend hours for consultations.