It has been estimated that only 16% of women who have surgery to remove all or a portion of the breast to treat cancer elect breast reconstruction. But what many women do not know is that by federal law, if your insurer covers the surgery to treat breast cancer, they must also cover any prescribed treatment to reconstruct the breast. Although a breast cancer diagnosis presents a stressful and confusing time, it’s important to ask your doctor to consult with a plastic surgeon before your mastectomy or lumpectomy, to discuss your options.
The options available in breast reconstruction are growing. Your own tissue, an implant or a combination of both can restore a breast that has been removed, and innovations with tissue substitutes, such as Alloderm, are presenting new, investigational options for complete reconstruction of the breast, as well as reconstructing defects that result from lumpectomy.
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