In the United States, 1 in 8 women will face a breast cancer diagnosis at some point in her life, with many of them requiring mastectomy for adequate management. Thankfully, the restoration of women's sense of femininity and beauty through breast reconstruction has advanced at a rapid rate over the past 10-20 years. Breast reconstruction following a mastectomy due to cancer or other disease is one of the most evolved surgical procedures available today. While Dr. Soto was among the pioneers of the most advanced technique for breast reconstruction using the DIEP flap, he now restricts his breast reconstruction procedures to those using implants. While these reconstructions cannot match the natural beauty, feel, and longevity of a reconstruction using your own DIEP flap tissue (when performed by a master of the technique), the procedures are much smaller in magnitude and recovery, and dramatically less expensive as well.
Almost every mastectomy patient is a candidate for breast reconstruction of some type, 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 feel she has to live with a mastectomy defect if she desires reconstruction.
The best candidates for breast reconstruction are otherwise healthy women whose cancer has been eliminated by the mastectomy and any adjuvant care necessary. It is important that your body has completely recovered from the cancer care, and Dr. Soto will carefully coordinate the timing of your breast reconstruction with your oncologist and mastectomy surgeon. Ideally, we would love for you to come in and visit with Dr. Soto before your mastectomy surgery is performed, because there are several options for reconstruction and evaluating these options before your initial surgery facilitates coordination among the physicians involved in your care and this in turn leads to better long-term results.
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