Undergoing a mastectomy can present a life-saving opportunity for women faced with breast cancer. Yet mastectomies come with long-term side effects, including persistent numbness in the area where the breast tissue was removed.
The reason for the loss of sensation: During a mastectomy, nerves that provide sensation to the breast are cut when the breast tissue is removed, creating a loss of sensation. This numbness can persist even after breast reconstruction surgery.
Women face many choices when it comes to their breast cancer treatment, and one of the most important ones is what type of breast reconstruction surgery to have after mastectomy. Two reconstructive techniques available to women are implant reconstruction or autologous reconstruction (free flap), which uses your body’s own tissue to build natural-looking breasts.
For many women, the decision to undergo a mastectomy can be life-saving. But like many surgeries, there may be side effects that women are either unaware of or they don’t fully understand the physical and emotional impact of these effects post-surgery. One such side effect is the loss of breast sensation after a mastectomy and breast reconstruction surgery.