The ideal approach to breast reconstruction for one patient may not be the ideal for another. Individual circumstances, values, goals and preferences vary, and we believe these considerations must be incorporated into the decision-making process. That’s because every patient’s needs are different, and the right approach for breast reconstruction is not just about what is medically appropriate and reasonable.
Shared decision-making occurs when surgeons and patients work together to make decisions that are best for the patient. Optimal decisions account not only for evidence-based information about treatment options, but importantly, account for patient’s values and preferences.
There is no single “right” approach to breast reconstruction. Taking into account your preferences, needs, wants and expectations, and empowering you to actively participate in the breast reconstruction decision-making process, are critical elements for achieving the best possible outcomes.