The Breast Reconstruction Guidebook: Issues and Answers from Research to Recovery

The Breast Reconstruction Guidebook: Issues and Answers from Research to Recovery

by Kathy Steligo
     
 

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For a decade The Breast Reconstruction Guidebook has been the best resource on this topic for women who have had a mastectomy. Equal parts science and support, it is filled with stories that illustrate the emotional and physical components of breast reconstruction. Readers will find advice about choosing a doctor and a procedure, insurance and payment

Overview

For a decade The Breast Reconstruction Guidebook has been the best resource on this topic for women who have had a mastectomy. Equal parts science and support, it is filled with stories that illustrate the emotional and physical components of breast reconstruction. Readers will find advice about choosing a doctor and a procedure, insurance and payment issues, how to prepare for surgery, and what to expect during recovery.

Expert commentary by physicians and insights from patients inform this book, as does the exhaustive research by the author, a two-time breast cancer survivor who has twice had reconstructive surgery.

New in this edition are discussions of• the pros and cons of saline and silicone implants • solutions for post-lumpectomy cosmetic problems• new immediate-delayed reconstruction when post-mastectomy radiation may be required• the benefits and limitations of nipple-sparing mastectomy• considerations for direct-to-implant reconstruction• newly developed tissue flap procedures • who can best apply nipple and areola tattoos and why tattoos may not last• enriching fat with stem cells so it stays in the breast• patient-controlled tissue expansion • how insurance and health care reform affect reconstruction

Editorial Reviews

Claudia Pratt
The Breast Reconstruction Guidebook acts as a well-informed friend. It answers many of the big (and little) questions women have as they cope with the physical and emotional turmoil of breast cancer.
RN, MA, BSN, Nurse Coordinator, Seton Breast Health Center
Brenda Gill
If you are a woman who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, treated with a mastectomy, and reconstruction is an option, The Breast Reconstruction Guidebook is the book to read. It is a comprehensive and practical guidebook that addresses not only reconstruction issues but also how to solve problems related to them. The book is a worthwhile guide to wholeness and satisfaction.
Hotline Peer Counselor, Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization
Library Journal
Breast cancer survivor and freelance author Steligo presents the ins and outs of breast reconstruction following a mastectomy. Her information is up to the minute--she discusses the sentinel node procedure and the latest flap technique, deep inferior epigastric perforator (DIEP)--and thorough, ranging from preparation to postoperative expectations. Unfortunately, the design of this book is not especially inviting. The text is unremittingly dense despite numerous sidebars, lists, and headnotes. All paragraphs are flush left, with a single space in between, and all the artwork is in black-and-white. Seeing women's unclothed torsos in color for the purposes of making an informed decision about surgery is appropriate. Still, the comprehensiveness of the text and the low price make up for the presentation. Recommended for patient health collections. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
MAMM Magazine
A comprehensive guide to the ins and outs of breast reconstruction when mastectomy is unavoidable, The Breast Reconstruction Guidebook walks the reader through the entire decision-making process step-by-step, from sorting through options and dealing with the insurance company to planning for post-operative recovery.

Nursing Times - Ibadete Fetahu
This is a bible for all patients facing mastectomy and breast reconstruction.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781421407838
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
12/05/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,049,256
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

Frederick J. Duffy
The Breast Reconstruction Guidebook has been used at the Texas Center for Breast Reconstruction for years now. It provides a complete and detailed explanation of the various breast reconstruction options for patients and has been of tremendous benefit to our patients. There are few such comprehensive sources available and it is one of the best.

Maurice Nahabedian
In a constantly evolving specialty, being up to date is critical—and this book is exactly that. It is an essential read for all patients and health care providers.

Annie Toglia
Wow! This book leaves no stone unturned. It is full of generous information and diligent details.
MES, ACSM, CSCS, author, Staying Abreast, Rehabilitation
Gail S. Lebovic
This masterful book promises to be the ultimate guide to reconstruction for patients, family, and friends. If you or someone you care about has breast cancer, give them the gift of your loving support and a copy of this book.
MA, MD, FACS
Patricia T. Kelly
An important and much-needed book covered in a comprehensive and easily-understood manner.
Ph.D., Medical geneticist
Brice W. McKane
My patients have found the guide to be an extremely useful resource for their reconstructive journey. It does an excellent job of empowering them to make good decisions about their options following mastectomy.

Joshua L. Levine
The Breast Reconstruction Guidebook by Kathy Steligo is the clearest, most comprehensive source available to anyone interested in breast reconstruction. Women facing breast cancer are bombarded with information that they need to understand and act on. Thank you, Kathy, for creating a resource where all of the vital information needed to make critical decisions is compiled in a concise, straightforward, and completely understandable guidebook. The Breast Reconstruction Guidebook is essential reading for anyone touched by breast cancer.

Minas Chrysopoulo
This is an invaluable guide for anyone navigating what is likely the most fearful journey of their lives. This comprehensive resource presents the latest reconstructive options in a very thoughtful and easy-to-understand way, provides much needed hope, and helps alleviate the overwhelming confusion often felt by those facing breast cancer surgery. This latest edition is an excellent update of an already phenomenal book.

Dean Edell
At last, a thorough, accurate, and up-to-date book on breast reconstruction. It's long overdue for women facing the confusing choices after mastectomy.
M.D.
Sue Friedman
The single most important resource for anyone who is considering mastectomy, with or without reconstruction. Balanced, honest, and up to date, it is highly recommended by FORCE. This book will empower women to decide for themselves what their best course of action will be.

Meet the Author

Kathy Steligo is a freelance writer specializing in business and health topics and is coauthor of Confronting Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer, also published by Johns Hopkins.

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