An estimated , new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in the U. Mastectomies save lives. About 35 percent of women have their breasts surgically rebuilt following mastectomies, according to BreastCancer. Fortunately for breast cancer survivors who are able and want to reconstruct their breasts, surgical options have improved and expanded. We spoke with Constance M.
Breast reconstruction can help restore the look and feel of the breast after a mastectomy. The surgery is done by a plastic surgeon. Breast reconstruction can be done at the same time as the mastectomy "immediate" or at a later date "delayed". Discuss your options with your plastic surgeon, breast surgeon and oncologist and your radiation oncologist if you are having radiation therapy.
It is not uncommon for patients who have had breast reconstruction surgery to require more than just a single procedure. In addition it must also cover the alternate breast to insure adequate symmetry. The Act also ensures coverage for revision of a previously reconstructed breast and for nipple reconstruction procedures. By definition Breast Revision surgery may involve correcting complications or deformities from previous reconstructive breast surgery after mastectomy, or correcting the disfigurement of the breast after lumpectomy and radiation.
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