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Breast Reconstruction in Baltimore

What is Breast Reconstruction?

Breast reconstruction is done to reshape the breasts after mastectomies from cancer or other conditions. Most women choose to have reconstruction to make them feel better about their post mastectomy disfigurement and to help them regain confidence.

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Am I a Good Candidate for Breast Reconstruction?

During a consultation with Dr. Birely, you may discuss if and how breast reconstruction surgery may benefit you. Factors including your motivations for reconstruction, your current health needs, and numerous factors will determine your suitability for breast reconstruction surgery. Patients who desire specific expectations and goals can speak with Dr. Birely to determine if Breast Reconstruction provides the solution. During your consultation, you may also learn about different options available. You are certain to receive individualized guidance about which method of reconstruction is right for you.

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Preparing For Breast Reconstruction Surgery

Breast Reconstruction surgery can be an emotional as well as physically demanding procedure. Women can prepare for their procedure in a few different ways. One very important step patients should take is ensuring that they will be cared for after surgery. Once choosing to proceed with breast reconstruction surgery, it is important to designate a care giver for the first night after the procedure. This person should be with you on the day of your surgery, driving you to the hospital and back to your home.

Physically, patients are encouraged to take specific health steps. As aspirin can encourage bleeding, any dosage should stop before your surgery. You may also need to adjust any current medications, or begin taking new medications to ultimately ensure the best surgery performance. Patients should avoid smoking and maintain their general health and diet regimen.

What to Expect

from a Breast Reconstruction Procedure by Dr. Birely

Depending on the desires and goals you expressed to Dr. Birely, you may expect different methods for your breast reconstruction. There are a couple different ways breast reconstruction is performed:


A TRAM flap reconstruction surgery will mean creating a new breast mound. Tissue from the stomach area is used to recreate your natural shape. You can learn more about a TRAM Flap procedure to further understand procedure steps, expectations, and recovery time.

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Latissimus Flap

As an alternative method, a Latissimus Flap procedure uses tissue from a patient’s back to create a new breast. The procedure will require Dr. Birely to move the tissue beneath the skin, to the new desired location.

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Each patient can determine more about methods and options during a consultation. Once the methods for your reconstruction is determined, you can expect to receive detailed information about the procedure and what territory comes with it.

What Can I Expect During Recovery?

After your surgery, you will have to wear a special support bra that will help decrease any swelling that you may have. Gauze and bandages will be places at the points of incision and a small tube will be placed under the skin to drain any remaining fluids. Dr. Birely will give you specific care instructions to improve your recovery. You may be advised to take medication, avoid specific activity, and check in for follow up appointments. During each week of recovery, you will usually notice improved healing.

Your initial consultation with Dr. Birely will help you create a plan that will help bring you back to the confidence that you once had.

We are open and seeing patients!

In order to make the process as effective and safe as possible, we will be instituting several new measures:

  • Staff members will be wearing masks and the appropriate PPE during your visit. We also request that you wear a mask or face covering when coming to the office.
  • In order to minimize patient to patient interaction, we are asking you to call us from your car upon arrival to the parking lot.
  • Upon arrival and upon leaving the office, you will be asked to use hand sanitizer. This will be available at the front counter.
  • We will be scheduling patients with 15-minute gaps between appointments in order to disinfect rooms and to avoid patient to patient contact in the reception area.
  • If you are suffering from any upper respiratory or gastrointestinal symptoms (cough, sneezing, fever, shortness of breath, sore throat, diarrhea, vomiting, etc), or if you have had recent contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive, please stay home and reschedule your appointment.
  • We ask that you refrain from bringing children or friends along with you to your appointment.
  • If you do not have an appointment and need to make a purchase or an appointment in person, please call our office at 410-828-9570 first so we can better assist you.

As medical professionals, we are taking this virus very seriously and will be following all infection control procedures as issued by the CDC and the Maryland Occupation Safety and Health Association.

These are interesting times we are living in and we appreciate your cooperation with the above measures.

Thank You and Stay Well,

Dr. Birely and Staff

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