Think about your life – before the diagnosis, before the surgeries.  Remember and reflect.

Now imagine that life with optimal health – both physically and emotionally- fully restored to your natural state of beauty and well being.  Cancer is no longer a part of your new life and neither are the physical scars that came with it.

Breast Reconstruction Awareness, October 2014

Breast Reconstruction Awareness, October 2014

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons 70% of women who undergo surgery for breast cancer are unaware that they have reconstructive options.  In 1998, President Bill Clinton signed a bill into law that provided health care coverage for breast reconstruction if you had either a partial or complete mastectomy. This federal law required most group insurance plans, including HMOs  that cover mastectomies to also cover breast reconstruction.

Under the Women’ Health and Cancer Rights Act you have choices – for immediate reconstruction or delayed.  You chose life before; now choose to live more fully than ever before with breast reconstruction surgery.

Questions to ask your surgeon when facing a mastectomy and/or Breast Reconstruction:

  1. Am I good candidate for the procedure?

  2. What surgical technique would you  recommended for me?

  3. What are the risks and complications?

  4. Where and how will you perform the surgery?

  5. How long of a recovery time can I expect?

  6. What will be expected of me to get the best results?

  7. How are complications handled?

  8. What are my options if I am dissatisfied?

  9. Are you a board certified surgeon by the ASPS?

  10. Do you have any current before and after photos

Its not too late – even if its been a decade or more for you to consider the options .  See how breast reconstruction can give you a brand new lease on life.  For more information about the subject call ​281.407.4708.