Breast Reconstruction (plastic surgery)

Our breast reconstruction services provide patients with the utmost care. Plastic surgeons work closely with breast surgeons and oncologists at Mount Sinai to offer a team approach to breast reconstruction.

Breast reconstruction is a staged process. In general, breast reconstruction is performed simultaneously with mastectomy, but is not infrequently performed as a separate procedure. Complete reconstruction may take up to one year.

Reconstruction can generally be categorized into one of two types:
1. Implants
2. Autologous tissue (your own tissue)

Implant reconstruction highlights
Tissue expander is placed at time of mastectomy

  • The tissue expander is a temporary inflatable implant and is inflated in your plastic surgeon’s office soon after surgery
  • Hospital stay is typically 1-2 days
  • Return to work may be possible in 2-3 weeks
  • At a second ambulatory surgery (about three months after your initial surgery), the tissue expander is removed and a permanent implant is placed
  • Permanent implants can be silicone or saline
  • When chosen by the patient, nipple reconstruction is performed after placement of the permanent implant

Autologous reconstruction (your own tissue) highlights
Speak to your doctor regarding specific types of autologous reconstruction

  • DIEP Flap (a.k.a. TRAM)
    • Skin and fat is harvested from your lower abdomen similar to a “tummy-tuck” and utilized to reconstruct your breast
  • Latissimus Dorsi Flap
    • Skin and muscle from your back is utilized to reconstruct your breast
      • Initial surgery is generally longer, however, more is accomplished at the first surgery
      • Hospital stay is typically 5 days
      • Return to work may be possible in 4-6 weeks
      • When chosen by the patient, nipple reconstruction is performed at a later date

Faculty

Marco Harmaty, MD
Dr. Harmaty is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine. His areas of specialization include breast surgery (cosmetic and reconstructive).

Philip Torina, MD
Dr. Torina is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine. He provides reconstructive and cosmetic surgery, including reconstructive breast surgery.

Jess Ting, MD
Dr. Ting is an Assistant Professor of Surgery and Plastic Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine. Dr. Ting’s interests include reconstructive plastic surgery, including microsurgical reconstruction following cancer surgery.


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855-TO-DUBIN (863-8246) or 
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Dubin Breast Center
The Mount Sinai Hospital
Klingenstein Pavilion
1176 5th Avenue
New York, New York