The diagnosis of breast cancer is a difficult time for most patients, who are often frightened and confused about their treatment. At Florida Plastic Surgery Group, we encourage patients to ask questions and become well-informed regarding their treatment and reconstructive options. Fortunately, newer reconstructive techniques are allowing for the creation of more natural-feeling and aesthetically-pleasing breasts. There are a number of reconstructive options available to patients, and our plastic surgeons are pleased to offer the entire spectrum of reconstructive options.
Our breast reconstruction team will help guide you through the process one step at a time. Our doctors believe that patients, their desires, and anatomy are all unique. Therefore, they will explain all the options and listen to your particular wishes to create a personalized approach to your reconstruction.
The FACTS – Breast Reconstruction
- In all the studies to date, breast reconstruction does not interfere with any prescribed cancer treatment (i.e. chemotherapy or radiation therapy)
- Breast Reconstruction has a documented psychological advantage to healing
- Breast reconstruction can be performed immediately after mastectomy or can be delayed
- Patients needing radiation treatment have a better aesthetic result if reconstruction is performed in a delayed fashion
- Insurances are required by law to cover procedures to restore symmetry on your other breast
Options for Breast Reconstruction
- Autologous Breast Reconstruction (Reconstruction using only your own tissue)
- Delayed Reconstruction
- Implant Based Reconstruction
- Latissimus Muscle with Implant
- Mastectomy Only with Breast Prosthesis
- Perforator Flap Breast Reconstruction
- TRAM Reconstruction
- DIEP Flaps
- Oncoplastic Breast Reconstruction
Preparing for Your Breast Reconstruction
Who is a candidate breast reconstruction?
Women in good health who have gone or are scheduled for any surgical procedure aimed at removing or preventing cancer of the breast are candidates for reconstruction of their breasts.
How do I prepare for my breast reconstruction surgery?
We will work with your general surgeon, medical oncologist, and/or your radiation oncologists to ensure your safety during the process. Preoperative blood work is generally needed prior to surgery.
Smoking can result in significant complications, including wound healing problems due to the decrease in circulation to the skin. Therefore, we ask all patients undergoing breast reconstruction surgery to quit smoking prior and after surgery.
Recovering After Your Breast Reconstruction
Most reconstructive surgery of the breast involves the use of postoperative drains for a short period of time after surgery. Patients generally are hospitalized from 1-5 days, depending on the type of reconstruction performed. Patients are encouraged to ambulate early during the recovery period.
Financing for Your Surgery
Breast reconstruction is covered by your insurance plan, but pre-authorization from your insurance company is required. At Florida Plastic Surgery Group, our office staff will work with you and act as your advocate to the insurance company, but the final decision rest with your insurance company.
Breast reconstruction following mastectomy does wonders for women recovering from losing their breasts to cancer. Our doctors have performed this surgery on countless women and they can help you too. Please contact The Florida Plastic Surgery Group for an initial consultation with one of our breast reconstruction surgeons.