The Emotional Impact of Breast Reconstruction A new study by a team of Minnesota researchers suggests that women who undergo reconstructive surgery after a mastectomy may suffer more emotional side effects than women who opt for mastectomy alone.
Surgical breakthroughs over the past two decades have given women more options than ever before, and there are now less invasive breast-conserving treatments available to many women. The one consistent factor, however, is the emotional impact of undergoing a mastectomy.
Emotional impact. Most women have a period of emotional adjustment after breast reconstruction. Feeling anxious or depressed is common. It may help to talk with a counselor or other women who have had breast reconstruction.