a patient’s guide to the Resensation® surgical technique

A breast cancer or BRCA diagnosis can make it feel like you’ve lost control over your health. Decisions need to be made, family needs to be told, treatment needs to start, surgery needs to be scheduled. With all these needs driving you forward, it can be easy to lose sight of your own needs in the process. Especially your life-after-surgery needs.

Expanding the Scope of Breast Reconstruction to Include Sensation: An Interview with Dr. Warren Ellsworth

We’ve started trying to restore sensation for women who are undergoing breast reconstruction using their own (autologous) tissue. I most commonly do this during DIEP flap reconstruction, which is when I take skin and fat from the abdomen to create new breasts. I form the abdominal tissue into a flap and move it to the chest. Then, I hook up the arteries and veins in the flap with those in the chest to give life to the tissue. At the same time, we can actually reconnect the nerves too.

Reconstructing Breasts That Look and Feel Great: An Interview with Dr. Jules Walters III

Dr. Jules Walters, a board-certified plastic surgeon in New Orleans, was not satisfied that his breast reconstruction patients had to deal with a lifetime of numb breasts. Wanting to find a solution, he began incorporating Resensation into free flap breast reconstruction. “I want to offer women the chance to not just have reconstructed breasts, but to be able to look in the mirror and feel beautiful. I want them to feel confident and to not be constantly reminded of breast cancer. With Resensation, they can not only look good but potentially have the feeling in their breasts restored.”

The Importance of Shared Decision-Making in Breast Reconstruction

After a mastectomy, many women feel relieved to be cancer-free and look forward to focusing on their future and simply enjoying life. But with this new chapter comes more decisions, including whether to have breast reconstruction.

By having a full understanding of the many breast reconstruction options available, and choosing a plastic surgeon who offers the latest breast reconstruction techniques, women can empower themselves to make decisions that can lead to the best possible outcomes.1