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How to Decide Which Reconstruction is Best with Heather Karu, M.D.

Uploaded on Nov 19, 2012

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Heather Karu, M.D., a plastic surgeon at Sanford Health, talks about how breast cancer patients can decide which reconstruction surgery is best for them. Decision making involves multiple factors which often include: decisions about travel, whether you can make weekly visits for expander reconstruction; other body issues, for example, if you want the tummy tuck involved in flap surgery; concerns about time off from work (expander and implant surgery usually requires four to six weeks off from work and the time off can be much longer for flap surgeries); other life commitments, caring for small children, etc. All of these factors should be taken into account when deciding which reconstruction surgery option is right for you.