During the team meeting, Guo fields questions pertaining to cosmetics, as well as concerns about how radiation would affect the reconstruction process, since radiation can distort the tissue.
“The patient is always concerned with how long the surgery takes,” he said.
Although reconstruction starts immediately after a mastectomy, Guo said the full process is a series of about two to three surgeries. If a patient chooses reconstruction, he’ll meet with her three to six weeks before the initial surgery, then on a weekly basis for about a month, followed by check-ups every couple of months and follow-up surgery as needed to complete the process.
If there’s no radiation or chemotherapy, Guo said the reconstruction could be complete in less than a year.
Guo said, with many patients diagnosed at a young age, faced with the reality of having to lose a breast, he knows his work can make a big difference in their lives.
“It’s a very rewarding surgery field to be in,” Guo said.