You can begin talking about breast reconstruction as soon as you’re diagnosed with cancer. Ideally, you’ll want your breast surgeon and Dr. Lesavoy to work together to develop a strategy that will put you in the best possible condition for reconstruction.
After evaluating your health, Dr. Lesavoy will explain which reconstructive options are most appropriate for your age, health, anatomy, tissues, and goals. Be sure to discuss your expectations frankly with Dr. Lesavoy. Dr. Lesavoy will be equally frank with you, describing your options and the risks and limitations of each. Post-mastectomy reconstruction can improve your appearance and renew your self-confidence – but keep in mind that the desired result is improvement, not perfection.
Dr. Lesavoy should also explain the anesthesia he will use, the facility where the surgery will be performed, and the costs. In most cases, health insurance policies will cover most or all of the cost of post-mastectomy reconstruction. Check your policy to make sure you’re covered and to see if there are any limitations on what types of reconstruction are covered.