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What are the criteria for breast reconstruction surgery eligibility?

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Dr. Rimma Finkel
Surgery - Plastics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

There are a lot of different decisions that go into breast reconstruction.
It is not a "one size fits all" problem and criteria are based not only on the cancer but also on the person. It is best to have a discussion with a plastic and reconstructive surgeon to determine what type of reconstruction is best for you.

In brief: Depends

There are a lot of different decisions that go into breast reconstruction.
It is not a "one size fits all" problem and criteria are based not only on the cancer but also on the person. It is best to have a discussion with a plastic and reconstructive surgeon to determine what type of reconstruction is best for you.
Dr. Rimma Finkel
Dr. Rimma Finkel
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Dr. Jason Lichten
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Covered for cancer

Breast reconstruction surgery is a common surgical practice to help restore and recreate a woman's breasts following a mastectomy for breast cancer.
Surgical techniques may use implants or a patient's own tissue to recreate the breast. Also, most women don't realize that breast reconstruction is covered by health insurance, rather than being a cosmetic operation you would have to pay for.

In brief: Covered for cancer

Breast reconstruction surgery is a common surgical practice to help restore and recreate a woman's breasts following a mastectomy for breast cancer.
Surgical techniques may use implants or a patient's own tissue to recreate the breast. Also, most women don't realize that breast reconstruction is covered by health insurance, rather than being a cosmetic operation you would have to pay for.
Dr. Jason Lichten
Dr. Jason Lichten
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Dr. Zahid Niazi
Agree with Dr Lichten. In addition by Federal law all women are also entitled to having a symmetry procedure on the opposing breast if needed.
Dr. David Yan
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Varies

Most people are eligible for some form of breast reconstruction.
Different things may make some forms of reconstruction a better choice than others. For example, prior radiation to the chest wall may make an implant reconstruction difficult. Being very thin may make a tram flap or other abdominal flap difficult because you don't have enough tissue. Best to discuss options with your plastic surgeon.

In brief: Varies

Most people are eligible for some form of breast reconstruction.
Different things may make some forms of reconstruction a better choice than others. For example, prior radiation to the chest wall may make an implant reconstruction difficult. Being very thin may make a tram flap or other abdominal flap difficult because you don't have enough tissue. Best to discuss options with your plastic surgeon.
Dr. David Yan
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Dr. Bryan McIntosh
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Many

This is an extremely difficult question to answer without evaluating your personal medical and surgical history and performing a thorough physical examination.
A plastic surgeon well versed in breast reconstruction techniques is the best to seek to adequately answer this question.

In brief: Many

This is an extremely difficult question to answer without evaluating your personal medical and surgical history and performing a thorough physical examination.
A plastic surgeon well versed in breast reconstruction techniques is the best to seek to adequately answer this question.
Dr. Bryan McIntosh
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Post-mastectomy

Almost every woman who requires a mast-x may be a candidate for some form of reconstruction; this is typically the choice of the patient rather than the dr. The choice of reconstruction, implants v.
"flaps", may be more dependent on patient factors such as overall health, prior surgery, smoking history, ca stage, need for radiation, etc. If you need a mast-x, request a plastic surgery referral.

In brief: Post-mastectomy

Almost every woman who requires a mast-x may be a candidate for some form of reconstruction; this is typically the choice of the patient rather than the dr. The choice of reconstruction, implants v.
"flaps", may be more dependent on patient factors such as overall health, prior surgery, smoking history, ca stage, need for radiation, etc. If you need a mast-x, request a plastic surgery referral.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Marci Dietrich
Bariatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Breasts

There are many factors regarding breast reconstruction by law, insurance companies are required to provide reconstruction to patients after required breast surgery.
Please research your "own" situation.Studies have shown that women who have "flap" type of reconstruction are more positive about their bodies. Insurances are required to provide "reconstruction" even of an unaffected breast to symmetry.

In brief: Breasts

There are many factors regarding breast reconstruction by law, insurance companies are required to provide reconstruction to patients after required breast surgery.
Please research your "own" situation.Studies have shown that women who have "flap" type of reconstruction are more positive about their bodies. Insurances are required to provide "reconstruction" even of an unaffected breast to symmetry.
Dr. Marci Dietrich
Dr. Marci Dietrich
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Dr. Robert Whitfield
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Very few

For any in good general health i can creat a breast reconstruction plan using fat grafting with brava, single or two stage implant reconstruction, flaps like the diep, and any combination of these techniques.
I also encourage my patients to proceed with breast reconstruction when they need radiation afterwards. Unless there is a cancer issue i don't want women to live without a reconstruction.

In brief: Very few

For any in good general health i can creat a breast reconstruction plan using fat grafting with brava, single or two stage implant reconstruction, flaps like the diep, and any combination of these techniques.
I also encourage my patients to proceed with breast reconstruction when they need radiation afterwards. Unless there is a cancer issue i don't want women to live without a reconstruction.
Dr. Robert Whitfield
Dr. Robert Whitfield
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Dr. Robert Whitfield
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Breasreconstruction

Breast reconstruction can be done at the time of mastectomy or after if that is the patients choice.
If a patient has heart or lung problems these have to be evaluated before hand by specialists. Other medical problems and medications are evaluated as well. There also a number of options like fat grafting, one stage implant recon and the diep flap. We have many options to offer women for recon.

In brief: Breasreconstruction

Breast reconstruction can be done at the time of mastectomy or after if that is the patients choice.
If a patient has heart or lung problems these have to be evaluated before hand by specialists. Other medical problems and medications are evaluated as well. There also a number of options like fat grafting, one stage implant recon and the diep flap. We have many options to offer women for recon.
Dr. Robert Whitfield
Dr. Robert Whitfield
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