Breast reconstruction following a mastectomy due to cancer or other disease is one of the most evolved surgical procedures available today. New medical techniques and devices have made it possible for your surgeon to create a breast that will look surprisingly close to the natural breast tissue.
Almost every mastectomy patient is medically appropriate for reconstruction and federal law has made it mandatory that health insurance companies, including Medicare and Medicaid, cover the costs of reconstructive surgery. Therefore, no woman should live out her life without reconstructive surgery after a mastectomy.
The best candidates are women whose cancer has been eliminated by the mastectomy. The ideal method is to visit with Dr. Soto before your initial surgery is done, because there are several options for reconstruction and evaluating these options before your initial surgery makes for better long-term results.
Dr. Soto will advise you to wait if you cannot tolerate anything more than the minimum surgery or if your cancer treatment prohibits immediate reconstruction. Even if you cannot have reconstruction immediately following your breast cancer surgery, being informed about your options can help you prepare for a mastectomy with a more positive outlook for the future.
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