As part of Breast Cancer Awareness month each year, our practice participates in National Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day to spread the word about the possibilities of breast reconstruction. Eugene, OR, women have more options than ever for feeling confident after breast cancer, and you deserve to know about every avenue available to you.
In this blog post, we’ll discuss a few things you should know about breast reconstruction as you explore the possibilities of your procedure.
Your reconstruction surgery can be immediate or delayed, depending on you and your treatment plan.
Dr. Jewell may be able to perform a reconstruction procedure at the time of your mastectomy. Fewer than 20% of women choose this option, according to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, while other women choose to delay their procedure.
In either case, talking through your options early and taking a “team approach” with your plastic surgeon and oncology team will help you have the most rewarding experience. Learn more about planning ahead for your breast reconstruction in the ASPS planning guide.
You have many different options for your reconstruction approach.
Dr. Jewell offers multiple techniques for breast reconstruction and will work with you to determine the best approach for you. Options include:
- Implant reconstruction after tissue expansion (Studies show this is on the rise in popularity.)
- Flap reconstruction with your own tissue
- Combination flap and implant reconstruction
- Nipple-sparing mastectomy
Learn more about what each option involves in this previous blog post.
You have a right to insurance coverage of your reconstruction.
Under the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998, health insurance plans that offer mastectomy coverage must also provide coverage for reconstructive surgery after mastectomy. This includes reconstruction of the affected breast and the other breast to create a symmetrical appearance. Don’t hesitate to ask your insurance provider about all coverage available to you.
Your choice of plastic surgeon can make all the difference.
Researching a surgeon’s credentials, reputation, and experience in breast reconstruction is essential, and so is finding a surgeon who is compassionate and dedicated to giving you the best possible care and support.
Dr. Jewell takes breast reconstruction patients on a case-by-case basis and maintains a close relationship with each person he treats. Read a former patient’s perspective on why she chose Dr. Jewell in this previous blog post.
You are not alone.
There are 3.8 million breast cancer survivors living in the U.S. today. Technology, techniques, and safety protocols continue to improve year after year to offer more diverse options for women considering breast reconstruction. The future is brighter and brighter.
You’re certainly not alone at Jewell Plastic Surgery. Dr. Jewell and his team are committed to providing excellent care and results so you can feel like yourself and enjoy the beauty of confidence after breast cancer.
To see examples of the results possible after breast reconstruction, please visit our before-and-after photo gallery.
If you would like to learn more about your options for breast reconstruction from one of the most respected Oregon plastic surgeons, please contact us online or call (541) 683-3234.