Breast Reconstruction

For women considering breast reconstruction surgery, understanding options and knowing what to expect are the foundation for good results. At Virginia Mason we offer the most advanced techniques for reconstructing the breast available today, and we will make sure you thoroughly understand all of your treatment options.

Your breast reconstruction surgery will involve many decisions, and a treatment plan spanning six months or longer. It is important you select a care team you trust and feel comfortable with.

For more information about breast reconstruction at Virginia Mason and other resources, please call (206) 223-6831.

Why Choose Virginia Mason for Breast Reconstruction Surgery?
  • Experience — Virginia Mason plastic surgeons James Schlenker, MD, and Alexandra Schmidek, MD, are board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. With team member Simone W. Kantola, MD, they have performed hundreds of breast reconstructions following mastectomy and have more than 35 years of combined experience. Meet the breast reconstruction surgery team.
     
  • Expertise — The ability to perform microvascular surgery, the art of reconnecting tiny veins in natural tissue, is a level of skill achieved by only a few surgeons in the region. Working as a team, our plastic surgeons offer a unique combination of microsurgical techniques and expert plastic reconstructive surgery to give patients the most choices for modern breast reconstruction.
     
  • Compassionate care — Your treatment plan will mean many visits with us, and we see it as our privilege to provide your care. In addition to the services you receive from our clinical team, we can connect you with our Patients Supporting Patients program. Depending on your needs you may choose to meet other women who have undergone breast reconstruction who are happy to share their experiences with you.
Take Your Time When Considering Breast Reconstruction

Some women are medically able to have breast reconstruction surgery the same time as their mastectomy, while certain treatments, such as radiation therapy, might delay the surgery. Whether or not you're a candidate for immediate reconstruction, it's important to remember you can always wait and decide later to have the procedure. A bra insert (prosthesis) can help your clothes fit normally until you are comfortable making a decision. Speaking with your surgeon and other women who have been through the process can help you decide when and if to move forward with breast reconstruction.