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Women who had mastectomies and reconstruction liked the looks but lacked tactile feeling - until now By Todd Ackerman | September 19, 2013 | Updated: September 23, 2013 11:04am

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Women who undergo a mastectomy and then breast reconstruction surgery typically lose most sensation across their chest, but a new technique being studied in Houston shows promise for restoring feeling.

The technique, developed by a Houston Methodist Hospital's plastic surgeon after a former patient was burned when she didn't realize that the water that spilled on her chest was steaming hot, could make routine the return of what is usually lost after the removal of breasts due to cancer or the threat of cancer.

"A lot of reconstruction patients comment that their breasts look great but lack sensation, " says Dr. Aldona Spiegel, developer of the technique and director of Methodist's Center for Breast Restoration. "In fact, there's an option for women unhappy about that loss."

Spiegel says she hopes the research she's conducting provides evidence of the technique's effectiveness and helps put it "on the map." She has now used the technique, with much anecdotal success, in more than 200 breast reconstruction surgeries. She described it in a 2009 plastic surgery journal article.

An estimated 110, 000 women a year opt to have a mastectomy, surgery to remove the entire breast (as opposed to a lumpectomy, where only part of the breast is removed).

Most mastectomies follow a diagnosis of invasive breast cancer, but an increasing number are done for preventive reasons - typically that the woman carries the genetic mutation that increases her chances of developing the disease.

Breast reconstruction has come a long way since the 1970s, when the only option for women who'd had a mastectomy was an external prosthesis, an artificial breast worn in the bra.

Today, women can choose between breast reconstruction using either implants (saline or silicone) or their own tissue taken from elsewhere in the body, usually the abdomen.

The majority of women choose implants - as much as 80 percent, according to some surveys - probably partly because many places don't offer microsurgery, which is necessary for tissue-based reconstruction. Spiegel says that the breakdown is closer to 50-50 if women are offered both alternatives.

There is no method to regain sensation if a woman has implant-only reconstruction.

Restoring sensation hasn't been a priority of breast reconstruction, even though patients link it to improved quality of life, according to Spiegel.

There were past attempts to regenerate a nerve microsurgeons considered a good candidate, but the difficulty accessing it and prolonged surgical time made the effort hard to justify.

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