Breast Reconstruction

What to Expect: Breast Reconstruction Consultation

The Consultation

During your consultation, be prepared to discuss:

  • Your surgical goals, options, and course of treatment
  • Any medical conditions, drug allergies, previous surgeries
  • Current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, tobacco, alcohol, and drug use
  • Outcomes of breast reconstruction, risks, and expectations
  • Photos

The Procedure

  • Breast reconstruction is a journey that is unique for each patient. This may include:
  • Multiple surgeries over a period of 6-12 months
  • Building the breast by using your own tissue versus tissue expansion and implant placement
  • Nipple reconstruction
  • Nipple areolar tattooing

Insurance Coverage

  • Breast reconstruction surgery after Breast Cancer is considered a reconstructive procedure, and should be covered by health insurance. However, your coverage may only provide a portion of the total cost.
  • The Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Actis a federal law passed in 1998 that requires all group health insurance plans that cover mastectomies and reconstruction surgery as well.

Tips for Healing

  • Following your physician’s instructions is the key to success of your surgery.
  • It’s important that your incisions are not subjected to force, abrasion, or motion during the time of healing.
  • Your doctor will give specific instructions on how to care for yourself.