How does losing breast sensation after mastectomy affect women?
The loss of breast sensation may prevent some women from moving on from their mastectomy experience and from feeling like the best version of themselves. Women who recover little to no sensation post-operatively report experiencing daily reminders of what has been lost because of their cancer diagnosis, mastectomy and reconstruction.2
What are the potential benefits of returning sensation to the breasts?
Regaining sensation may improve quality of life by helping women recover and move on from their experience with cancer, the mastectomy and the reconstruction process. It may also help them feel more normal and more like their old selves.2
How does Resensation work?
Resensation is performed at the time of breast reconstruction. During the Resensation procedure, sensory nerves in the chest are reconnected using an allograft nerve to bridge the discontinuity caused by the mastectomy. The allograft acts a scaffold and a guide to allow the nerve to regenerate without tension in the reconstructed breast.3 Nerves regenerate slowly, typically at a rate of 1 mm/day, so the return of sensation in the reconstructed breast can occur over a period of months and up to two years.4
Where can I find a surgeon who performs Resensation?
Breast neurotization with Resensation is performed by a growing number of plastic surgeons with expertise in microsurgery. To find a surgeon who offers breast neurotization with Resensation, visit our surgeon locator or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.