Choosing to have a breast reconstruction procedure is a big decision for breast cancer patients. For many, it restores their sense of wholeness and their feminine identity. The breast reconstruction procedure can also be an empowering choice for breast cancer patients, as they have the ability to customize their procedure however they would like. If you are planning your breast reconstruction, here are some things to consider.
When to Have a Breast Reconstruction
The breast reconstruction procedure can be performed at any time following a mastectomy. In some cases, patients will combine their mastectomy with breast reconstruction surgery to get everything done at once. In some cases, patients may choose to wait to have their breast reconstruction procedure. In these situations, patients typically choose to wait until they are finished with cancer treatment so that they are feeling better physically. The best time to have a breast reconstruction will be when the patient is ready for it.
What Type of Implants to Use for Breast Reconstruction
Implants come in a variety of shapes, sizes and textures, and even come in different materials. This allows patients to achieve breasts that resemble their original breast shape and size. The implant size and material may also influence the way surgery is performed, which may be an important thing to consider for patients who would like to minimize their recovery period or scarring.
Recovery After Breast Reconstruction
The recovery from breast reconstruction will depend on the extent of surgery involved and the techniques used. Patients can generally expect to experience mild swelling, bruising and discomfort for multiple weeks following their treatment. It is often necessary to take time away from work and other normal activities during this time. This may be an important factor for some patients, especially if they are still undergoing cancer treatment.
Cost of Breast Reconstruction
Nearly all breast cancer patients are candidates for breast reconstruction, but the cost of this procedure can determine if patients receive it or not. Some insurance providers may cover part or all of the cost, while other providers may offer no coverage at all. Since the cost can vary significantly, it can be difficult to plan your breast reconstruction without speaking to a board-certified plastic surgeon. To learn more about the cost of your breast reconstruction, contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Anh Vu, M.D. We are proud to serve the residents of Jacksonville, Daytona Beach and St. Augustine, FL.