If you've had a mastectomy or need a mastectomy, you may have questions about the procedure and post-mastectomy reconstructive surgery.
Dr. Ravi Tandon works with Louisiana's premier breast surgeons that perform nipple and skin-sparing mastectomy techniques.
Learn why breast cancer patients in New Orleans and Metairie, LA, come to Tandon Plastic Surgery for mastectomy and reconstruction options.
According to the National Cancer Institute, a preventative mastectomy can reduce a woman's breast cancer risk by 95%.
For women who have a family history of breast cancer, the procedure can reduce their cancer risk by 90%.
A Mastectomy Can Treat Breast Cancer Or Even Prevent It
Mastectomies are one of the possible treatments you may pursue after a breast cancer diagnosis. The procedure can remove the cancerous tissue, allowing you to live a happy and healthy life.
A mastectomy can also be a proactive measure. If you or a loved one is at risk for breast cancer, you can dramatically decrease the chances of a diagnosis with a preventative or radical mastectomy. It can also help you avoid the taxing symptoms of cancer, as well as the side effects of treatments like radiation therapy or chemotherapy.
If you are considering a mastectomy, you likely have questions about reconstruction...
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Also referred to as preventative mastectomy, a prophylactic mastectomy is performed before breast cancer is even diagnosed. The procedure is recommended for women who have a high risk of developing breast cancer later in life. One breast or both breasts may be removed during this preventative procedure.
Who Should Consider Preventative Mastectomy
Prophylactic mastectomies are recommended for women who:
- Have more than one close relative with breast cancer
- Have tested positive for BRCA1, BRCA2, PALB2, CDH1, PTEN, or TP53 gene mutations
- Have undergone radiation therapy on their chest before turning 30
- Have widespread breast microcalcifications
- Have already had breast cancer in one breast
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You Have Options After a Mastectomy
Whether you've undergone a total mastectomy or a skin-sparing mastectomy, there are reconstructive procedures that can restore the appearance of the entire breast. These procedures can be done at the same time as the mastectomy, soon after the mastectomy, or well after the surgery is performed. The timing of your breast reconstruction will depend on your health and preferences.
Dr. Tandon Helped Pass Louisiana's
Breast Reconstruction Law
Dr. Tandon knows how important breast reconstruction can be in a patient's life. That's why he helped advocate for the Carter Stokes Oral and Written Summary of Breast Cancer Treatment Alternatives and Access to Breast Reconstruction Surgery Information Law. Signed in 2018, this state statute requires general hospitals to provide reconstructive surgery information after a patient has undergone a mastectomy, lymph node dissection, or lumpectomy.
Learn About Your Breast Reconstruction Options Contact Us to Get the Answers You're Looking For
The team at Tandon Plastic Surgery has a deep admiration for women who've battled breast cancer or who've decided on prophylactic mastectomy given their heightened cancer risk. Whether you've had your breast tissue and lymph nodes removed or only had your breast tissue removed, our team is here to answer any questions you may have about breast reconstruction.
Dr. Ravi Tandon can perform different flap techniques, which use natural tissue to restore the breast mound. Breast implants can also be used in the reconstruction process. Whatever procedure you select, Dr. Tandon can walk you through the risks and benefits so you can make a confident choice.
If you live in New Orleans, Metairie, or any of the surrounding communities, Tandon Plastic Surgery is here to help. Contact our practice to learn more about restorative breast surgery. You can also request an appointment by phone.
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Tandon Plastic Surgery supports New Orleans-area women battling breast cancer. We offer different reconstruction procedures to meet your needs.
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Planning for Reconstruction
If you know that you will undergo a mastectomy, you can contact our team to start planning your breast reconstruction. We can discuss the proper timing for the reconstruction procedure and your different surgical options. Tandon Plastic Surgery has helped many women from New Orleans and Metairie, LA, with this process and can answer any questions you have.
Tailoring Treatment to Your Needs We Will Work Closely with You
During your consultation, Dr. Tandon will go over your aesthetic goals. Based on your needs and the type of mastectomy that was performed, he can review different surgical options that may be right for you.
Flap techniques and other breast surgery options can all sound very confusing at first. Our entire team can answer all of your questions so you feel fully informed and confident when it comes to your surgery.
You are not just another patient; you matter to us as a person. We want you to feel comfortable and welcome every time you're at the office or corresponding with us. Remember: all of us are here to help you.
Though breast cancer can seem terrifying, you have an ally on your side: Dr. Tandon.
Dr. Tandon of Tandon Plastic Surgery believes in the individual approach. Prior to your mastectomy, he will discuss surgical techniques with you, like lymph node removal and radical mastectomies. He will also explain reconstructive options, like natural breast reconstruction with flap techniques or implants.
You Can Trust Dr. Tandon With Your Care
Planning for a mastectomy may leave you feeling nervous, scared, or stressed all on its own. If you've also learned that you currently have or one day may be diagnosed with breast cancer, your fears can become compounded.
While these feelings are perfectly natural, you're not alone during this time. In fact, you can rest assured that Dr. Ravi Tandon can provide quality, patient-centered care for your mastectomy.
Let him put you at ease with a consultation. From answering questions about the procedure to determining financing, our New Orleans, LA, office staff can guide you to the choice that best suits your needs. Contact Tandon Plastic Surgery or call us at
If you need a mastectomy to prevent the spread of breast cancer, Dr. Tandon will guide you through the process with true empathy and technical expertise.
"Time and health are two precious assets that we don't recognize and appreciate until they have been depleted.thank you Dr Tandon you've changed my life in a good way." Tessica Andrews, 2018, 5-Star Review
Can My Mastectomy Be Covered By Insurance?
The financial aspect of a mastectomy can also be a burden, especially if you are considering breast reconstruction surgery.
Fortunately, thanks to the Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998 (WHCRA), your mastectomy and reconstruction should be covered by insurance if you have breast cancer.
During your consultation, Dr. Tandon and his New Orleans team can explain the costs and details.
How Long Will My Recovery Take?
You can typically expect your mastectomy recovery period to take about four to six weeks, though it may take a little longer. After that, you should be able to resume regular activities.
Keep in mind that the recovery timeline depends on the procedure and the extent of your treatment. Certain techniques, such as lymph node removal, may increase your healing period.