Breast reconstruction after breast cancer. Why can't I find a doctor to take my medicade? I am trying to have breast reconstruction surgery after breast cancer.

Sad commentary. -Medicaid rations care; doctors under compensated; patients struggle. Health reforms aren't national, vary state by state. Ethically should be same everywhere.
Breast cancer. I am very sorry to hear this. Each state is different. Please search locally for resources for breast cancer survivors. There may be funds or other resources available though a nonprofit or other organization that can help you.
Difficult problems. This is a difficult problem as more and more hospitals are turning away medicaid patients as the cost to treat them is much more than the reimbursement by medicaid. Saying that- keep searching. Our cancer center in orlando does accept medicaid. Call 321-841-7090 to find out more.
Sorry . Sorry about your issue here. I am not familiar with your medicaid policy. I do accept medicare here in california. It is ironic, though, that the government frequently speaks of medicare cutbacks. However, doctors often make very little profit or even lose money while treating medicare patients. People frequently view doctors as eternally wealthy. However, with the cost of malpractice insurance, office rent, and staffing, the cost to run a practice is high. And one can only continue to practice for so long when making little or no profit. Unfortunately, there is more and more business administration in medicine than there ever has been. Though we don't like to view health care as a business, it certainly plays a role. Keep looking. You will find help. It may just take time and effort. Good luck!
Breast . Breast reconstruction is federally mandated as a medical necessity and therefore covered by insurance, no matter what coverage you have incluidnh medicaid. The problem is that not all doctors accept medicaid. You will need to call around to local plastic surgeons to find one that will be willing to take care of you. You can check with your primary physician for a recommendation but ulimately it will be up to the individual surgeon.

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How safe is the alloderm procedure? I was advised by a doctor to have alloderm when I consulted him for a breast reconstruction surgery following breast cancer. What are the possible side effects of the procedure?

Alloderm . Alloderm is a good tool during breast reconstruction. It is used to reduce risks such a capsular contracture and to better emvelope the implant. Please consult a board certified plastic surgeon. Read more...
Alloderm . Acellular cadaveric dermal matrices (adms) like alloderm have been increasingly popular with breast reconstruction. Advantages: 1) ability to salvage, in event of mastectomy flap necrosis; 2) lesser extent of capsular contracture if post=op radiation therapy is recommended; 3) improved positioning of the eventual reconstruction. Disadvantages: 1) seroma; 2) infection. Read more...
Fairly Safe. Alloderm is often used to add additional support to the inferior portion of the implant. Think of it like a hammock to hold the implant. The side effects are similar to other implant based reconstructions. Bleeding, infection, fluid collections are the most common side effects. Read more...
Alloderm. Alloderm is commonly used in breast reconstruction with tissue expanders and permanent implant. It is composed of human cadaver skin that has been treated to remove the cells that would lead your body to reject it. Overall the product has been used in thousands of patients and has been discussed widely in surgical literature. Read more...
Very few. It is a very safe procedure, it's the standard of care for breast reconstruction. There are not many side effects. Read more...
Alloderm for Breast. I have been using alloderm since the early 2000 in breast reconstruction and it has added another dimension in our ability to perform primary reconstruction or perform redo's, that wasn't available to us in the past. The side effects are limited to slightly increased chances of seroma formation and infection rarely. Read more...

My friend has recently had breast reconstruction surgery after breast cancer and she was wondering if it is possible to still breast feed?

Depends on variables. The original surgery or the reconstruction may or may not have interfered with the internal structures needed to make or transfer milk from the glands forward to the nipple, If so, breast feeding would not be possible. If they did not, it might be.The surgeons involved might be able to answer the question with more reliability. Read more...
Depends. If she and a mastectomy, most (97%) of her breast tissue was removed and she won't be able to breastfeed on that side, even if she had reconstruction. Breast reconstruction uses an implant or the patient's own tissue (flap) to replace the tissue removed by mastectomy. However, the reconstructed breast cannot produce milk. If she kept her other breast, she will be able to breastfeed on that side. Read more...

Is breast cancer harder to detect after breast reconstruction surgery?

Usually not. Breast reconstruction involves expanders/implants beneath the chest muscles, allowing the tissues just under the skin surface (where the breast used to be) to be easily examined, but tissue reconstruction (tram, diep, or latissimus flaps) bring new non-breast tissues into the former breast region, and require careful examination or scans to detect recurrence. Good follow-up is part of cancer care. Read more...
Rarely yes.... It is a rare but possible problem particularly with implant reconstruction types. Read more...
Not usually. Most recurrences occur close to the skin so are usually palpable (fairly easy to feel) regardless of whether the patient had reconstruction, or the type of reconstruction used. With implant reconstruction, the implants are placed under the chest muscle which pushes deep tissues closer to the skin and allows for easier exam. Reconstruction has no impact on breast cancer follow-up imaging studies. Read more...

My mum diagnosed with breast cancer stage 2, doctor recommended. Surgery to remove whole breast completely. Is it possible for her to complete cured?

Not sure, possible. Stage 2 breast cancer are larger and/or have spread to nearby lymph nodes. Many treatments may help. The five-year survival rate for women with stage ii cancer is estimated to be about 74% - 81% or higher. Being curable is difficult to say but the longer the survival rate, the better the chance. Read more...
Breast cancer. Until her surgery is complete and her lymph nodes and breast tissue are examined you will not know her true stage of disease. Please be patient and make sure she has seen a plastic surgeon if she has had a mastectomy. It is her right to have the best reconstruction possible. Read more...

What risks are associated with getting breast reconstruction when you didn't have breast cancer?

Depends. The most common reason for breast reconstruction is mastectomy for cancer, though there are other situations. Since these situations are all unique, it is not possible to give a general answer about risks. There are different operations for different problems. Read more...
Perhaps the better.. Question would be why would you need breast reconstruction if you didn't have your breast removed. However the risks of breast reconstruction are dependent on which option is chosen. I would recommend speaking with a plastic surgeon with the specifics of what is being looked for. Read more...
Depends on procedure. Similar to when it is performed for breast cancer. There are general risks and procedure-specific risks: failure of the reconstruction, infection, bleeding, sensation changes, asymmetry, blood clots, ugly scarring, dissatisfaction with the cosmetic results and need for more surgery. Specific risks of reconstruction with implants include hardening, rippling, rupture, and need for replacement. Read more...
Risk. As with any procedure, there are risks. Bleeding, infection, and anesthesia complications are the most "common" risks that we talk about. There may be risk particular to that operation. Your board certified plastic surgeon will ask you about your health. He/she may have you see another doctor, (cardiologist, internist, hematologist) to make sure that you are healthy for your particular surgery. Read more...

Mum had a breast cancer;she did a mastectomy. She had 1/12 affected node she wants to do a breast reconstruction what do you think about that

Reasonable Request. How was treated? ...How are the results of ct scans, pathology report....? In any case, she seems to have an early disease. It is her wish to have breast reconstruction, for body image and personal satisfaction and she is entitled to it. Read more...
Great. I think all women who have a mastectomy should consider reconstruction. Read more...
+ lymph and BR. 1/12 nodes considering the tumor was rather small means that she will likely need chemo but hopefully not radiation. In either way she would be a great candidate for breast reconstruction. The radiations makes it more difficult but still a great option when it comes to restoring the body to its normal state. Read more...