The decision to undergo a mastectomy is a momentous one, and not one most patients take lightly. The decision whether or not to have reconstruction following that procedure is often just as difficult a choice.
If you’re thinking about having a mastectomy without reconstruction, or if you have already had a mastectomy and aren’t sure whether you’d like to have a reconstruction procedure, there are some things you should know about what life will be like after your mastectomy without reconstruction, both in the short-term and in the long-term.
One of the most important questions many women want an answer to is whether or not they will ever feel “normal” again. The general answer is that no, things will never look or feel exactly the same as they were before. But there’s a big difference between “normal” and “good,” and it’s quite possible to feel good in your body again after a mastectomy.
One of the things that keeps a woman from feeling like herself again after a mastectomy is that she may lose feeling in her skin and tissue in the affected area. However, for most women, the sensation begins to come back over time.
In the video below, Dr. Julie Billar will explain the general stages of sensation that most women go through after a mastectomy. It may take some time, but eventually you are likely to regain most of your sensation, with the possible exception of one specific area.
Watch below to learn more about what to expect after a mastectomy without reconstruction.
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