Breast Reconstruction In Minneapolis St. Paul, MN


After a mastectomy, many women choose to have breast reconstruction surgery to restore the breast to a more normal contour and balance with the opposite breast. This is an increasingly selected procedure, and is often covered, at least partially, by insurance. Dr. McCue performs all types of breast reconstruction surgery, by referral from other physicians. If you have been referred to Dr. McCue for breast reconstruction, this page will provide basic information on breast reconstruction.

Each breast reconstruction is unique, and depends on many factors, including the nature of the mastectomy procedure, and can be complicated by radiation treatments following the mastectomy. A number of different techniques are used, depending on the individual situation.

  • Implant Based Reconstruction – In most cases, implants are used to restore breast shape. These can be either saline or silicone implants. In some cases, where sufficient underlying structures and skin are present, an implant can be used, along with tissue expansion to create the new breast contours without using tissue from elsewhere on the body. Dr. McCue is familiar with all types of implant-based reconstruction, as well as what to expect in the long term, and has authored articles and textbook chapters on the subject.
  • Tissue Based Reconstruction – Where insufficient tissue exists on the chest wall to support an implant, a flap of skin, fat and muscle from the abdomen, back, or other area is transferred to the area. This flap is tunneled under the skin and remains attached to its blood supply. An implant may also be used underneath the transferred tissue to add volume to the breast.
  • Free Flap Breast Reconstruction – Instead of transferring a flap that remains attached to its blood supply, another method is to detach the flap completely before moving it. Microvascular surgery techniques are used to connect blood vessels to the flap to supply blood. Although this technique can be the most time consuming, it results in the most natural breast reconstruction in the long term. Dr. McCue has the training and experience needed for the required microvascular surgery.
  • Breast Symmetry Procedures – To create a good symmetry between your reconstructed breast and the opposite breast, breast lift surgery, or breast reduction or augmentation of the opposite breast may aid in equalizing the breasts. These additional procedures for symmetry are covered by insurance.

Your Breast Reconstruction Procedure Is Unique to You

Every case is unique, and Dr. McCue will discuss a treatment plan for your specific needs during a consultation with you. After reviewing your medical history and the nature of your mastectomy, he will discuss all of the available options with you and make recommendations for a treatment plan, which may involve multiple procedures over a period of time. He will help you understand the probable outcome of your reconstruction and discuss risks and possible complications. You’ll also be provided with full information on the recovery process for your particular breast reconstruction. Contact Dr. McCue’s Minneapolis St. Paul office to schedule a breast reconstruction consultation.

A Crucial Step
Your Cosmetic Surgery Consultation

During your consultation with Dr. McCue, you will be able to tell him what cosmetic procedure you are interested in, why you are considering plastic surgery, and what results you hope to achieve. He will carefully assess your needs, and help you understand all aspects of your procedure, including a clear explanation of what results you can expect, along with the risks involved with any surgical procedure.

He will also explain all of your options and help you understand what to expect prior to, during, and following the surgery. He will also give you a good idea of the costs of the procedure, if is not covered by insurance. Dr. McCue’s friendly and open personality makes these consultations pleasant and informative for his patients. Contact Dr. McCue soon to schedule your initial consultation.

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