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Facing Breast Cancer?
Know Your Options for Breast Reconstruction Early
Surgery to treat breast cancer often results in a significant alteration to a woman’s breast(s) and can have a severe impact on her quality of life. Many women eligible for Breast Reconstruction following breast cancer diagnosis are not being informed of their options. It is crucial to speak with both a plastic surgeon and an oncologist before deciding on a specific surgery.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons statistics:
- 89% women want to see what breast reconstruction surgery results look like before undergoing cancer treatment.
- Only 23% know the wide range of reconstruction options available.
- Only 22% know the quality of outcomes that can be expected.
- Only 19% understand the timing of their treatment, and the timing of their decision to undergo reconstruction, impacts their options and results.
- Only 5% of women choose to undergo immediate reconstruction– at the time of their mastectomy- breast 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. Not covering breast reconstruction is like not offering a prosthesis to someone who has lost a limb. This coverage includes reconstruction of the breast removed by mastectomy, reconstruction of the other breast to produce a symmetrical appearance, breast prostheses, and treatment of physical complications at all stages of the mastectomy.
Plastic Surgery Has Many Options
There are new advances in surgery, reconstructive techniques, and the treatment of Breast Cancer. A plastic surgeon’s role is to ensure that the patient knows all of her breast reconstruction options before her cancer is treated and removed, and to give the patient the best options for a fulfilling life beyond breast cancer.
Breast Reconstruction is not a one-size-fits-all procedure. The type of Reconstruction you undergo will be decided by the patient and surgeon, depending on particular needs, anatomy and previous treatments.
There are four basic methods of Breast Reconstruction:
- Reconstruction utilizing implants
- Reconstruction utilizing a patient’s tissues only – “autologus”
- Reconstruction utilizing a patient’s tissues combined with an implant
- Nipple sparing masectomy
Immediate reconstruction has been shown to be a safe option for many women. Women interested in beginning reconstruction at the time of mastectomy must ask their breast cancer surgeon to make a referral to see a plastic surgeon. In plastic surgery, our goal is to identify the options available and to help you make an informed decision.
Breast Reconstruction is achieved through several plastic surgery techniques that attempt o restore a breast to near normal shape, appearance and size following a mastectomy. A “team approach” between breast surgeon, oncologist, and plastic surgeon is an integral part of cancer treatment. Knowing the options early enhances a woman’s journey through her cancer recovery, signifying a return to self and a sense of feeling whole again.
Call for an appointment with Dr. Jewell to know your options.