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Post Cancer Reconstruction

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$9,450
Recovery Period:
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Overview of

Post Cancer Reconstruction

in Thailand

Most conventional cancer treatments may inflict undesired damage to your system affecting its key functions, inside and out. To recover from these negative side effects, those with cancer may have to do a kind of intervention that is known as “post-cancer reconstructive surgery”.

Unlike plastic surgery, however, reconstructive surgery is mainly for medical reasons. In common plastic surgery, the aim is to improve the external appearance of the subject. On the contrary, reconstructive surgery is performed for functional and medical purposes. It significantly improves the confidence and quality of life for many patients after cancer.

Typical reconstructive surgeries are done in patients post-treatment for cancer and include breast, skin, head, sarcoma, neck, and pelvic cancer.

Goals of

Post Cancer Reconstruction

This type of reconstructive procedure is typically executed after the patient encounters some cancerous outbreak externally. In the case of breast cancer, patients are subject to mastectomies to remove the affected breast and stop the cancer from spreading. Here, you may opt for reconstructive surgery to recover the lost breast tissue with implants.

Alternatively, you may have nerves or tissue taken off for clearing out skin, head, or neck cancer for example. Reconstructive surgery could help fix the external side effects of the cancer surgery on your body.

Price of

Post Cancer Reconstruction

in Thailand

Average Cost

$9,450

Price Range

$2,900 to $16,000

Pros and cons of

Post Cancer Reconstruction

Pros

  • aids in appearance and well-being improvement
  • contributes to recovering activity to formerly cancerous lesions

Cons

  • depending on the type of reconstructive surgery needed, it could be very expensive
  • patients have to manage their expectations by discussing the surgery outcome with their doctor
  • surgery risks such as bleeding, infection and scars
  • if the surgery outcome is not satisfactory, patient may need a second reconstructive surgery

How it works:

Post Cancer Reconstruction

In Breast Cancer

Special reconstruction surgery is available

In Skin Cancer

The exact surgery performed is based on the acuteness and area where cancer appears. Skin cancer recovery options may be anywhere between mere closures to flaps and bone grafting.

Excise (removal) and closure options

Excise with skin graft: after the external removal (excision), the affected spot may have to be reconstructed through a skin graft–a thin layer of skin derived from one spot and applied to the target location.

Local flap: if the post-cancer damage is bigger, after excision the doctor will perform a topical tissue replacement and adjustment.

Free flap: a free flap procedure is performed whenever there is not enough topical tissue. It refers to a part of skin, muscle, and fat that is totally removed from a donor place through a vein and artery and is then moved to the recipient spot, connecting the vessels with the arteries and vein in that region. ‍

Sarcoma

Sarcoma is a cancer type that affects connective tissue such as skin, bones, joints, or muscles.

Reconstructive options for this cancer type include skin grafts, closure, and tissue replacement with flaps (topical, free, or pedicle).

Skin grafting: a thin coat of skin is derived from the donor sire and adhered to the target spot.

Pedicle flap: connective tissue that is transferred on the pedicle e.g. vein or artery that will link to an artery and vein at the target area, secured into place.

Free flap: a part of connective tissue that is totally taken off from its donor website with a vein and an artery connected to a vein and artery at the target spot.

Head & Neck Cancers

Plastic surgery choices for neck and head cancer include:

Main closure with skin grafting: a thin coat of skin is transferred from the sender spot to the receiver lesion.

Free flap: a part of connective tissue that is totally taken off from the origin spot with an artery and a vein linking to an artery and a vein at the target spot.

Pedicle flap: a pedicle flap refers to a tissue that is transferred to an artery and a vein that will be linking to an artery and vein at the target area, with a closure at the target area.

Pelvic Cancer Reconstruction

Reconstructive surgery choices for post-pelvic cancer patients include:

Free flap: a part of connective tissue that is totally removed from its origin area with an artery and vein linking to an artery and vein at the recipient website.

Local flap: connective tissue re-ordering above the damaged lesion.

Preparation before

Post Cancer Reconstruction

Pre - treatment

Reconstructive surgery may be done following the removal of an external cancerous site or after you recover fully from the previous surgery. Your doctor or surgeon will advise you on all possible treatment options you may have based on your case.

Recovery after

Post Cancer Reconstruction

Post - treatment

Your recovery period varies according to the kind of reconstructive surgery you had. Your physician will advise you on the time needed for full recovery, the duration of the surgery, and measures to control any pain and strain following the procedure, as well as any shifts in your daily schedule and physical activity.

You may need to implement some chronic changes. For instance, if you have removed your bladder with surgery, you’ll be given a bag to gather any droppings or urine outside your system.

Your health care providers will advise you on how to best follow these lifestyle changes.

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Risks & side effects

Keep in mind that all types of surgeries, big or small, come with a risk and you should know all the potential side effects that may come with this surgery before you agree to get it.

Your surgeon will let you know about these side effects during your visit so feel free to ask any questions or talk about any concerns you may have, especially if something is not clear for you.

Risks and side effects differ from one patient to another as there are several factors into play. Each case is unique.

The potential risks that may come with this kind of surgery, even if they are not very common, include:

  • infection on the target site
  • bleeding
  • partial or full loss of bone grafts
  • permanent scars
  • a necessity for a second reconstructive surgery

FAQs:

Post Cancer Reconstruction

Who is a suitable candidate for post-cancer reconstruction surgery?

The ideal candidate for reconstructive surgery after cancer is one that was subject to treatment for a cancer type that affects connective tissue such as skin, breast, head, neck, and pelvic cancer.

 

 

What are the various kinds of reconstructive surgeries available?

Reconstructive surgery commonly takes a part of connective tissue from one region of your body to reconstruct another damaged area. 

For instance, in head or neck cancer, surgery will help restore the shape of the jaw bone. In this case, your doctor may derive some bone from your leg to rebuild the jawline and make it function as normal.

Other kinds of reconstructive surgeries feature: 

  • Skin, bone, and tendon grafting. Your doctor will transfer or transplant normal tissue from another region of your body to a damaged spot that needs to be reconstructed.
  • Topical flap surgery. Your physician will take tissue from a surrounding region to conceal the affected spot and it will adhere to your system’s blood circulation. This will help the spot heal and recover faster.
  • Fake implants. You may get a plastic body part or implant, especially if you previously had surgery for breast or penis, or testicle cancer. The doctor will place this implant inside the affected tissue with surgery.
  • 3-D rendering of implant surgery. In some kinds of surgeries that affect the bone tissue e.g. jaw, your doctor may employ a 3-D printing technology to render an implant and place it to the target spot with surgery.

Scar repair surgeries. These kinds of surgeries are supplemental to help decrease the appearance of scars from former surgeries.

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