(Breast Cancer and Breast Reconstruction)
If you have been informed that you will need, or if you have already undergone a mastectomy, breast reconstruction may be an option for you. Breast reconstruction is a single operation or series of operations designed to recreate your breast to its original shape. The best reconstructive breast surgery options will depend on the type of cancer, the type of treatment and the physical appearance of your breasts. The timing of your breast reconstruction should be discussed in person with Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, David P. Rapaport, MD at his Manhattan, New York office. Breast reconstruction, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, David P. Rapaport MD, helps put lives back together. Breast reconstruction improves the quality of life and self image of many women who loses one or both breasts due to cancer or other illness. This procedure creates a new breast which Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, David P. Rapaport MD will strive to make look and feel as natural as possible.
What is the 1998 Federal Breast Reconstruction Law: If you have health insurance, your carrier must pay for your breast reconstruction plastic surgery. The 1998 Federal Breast Reconstruction Law requires all health insurance companies to cover reconstruction of the breast on which mastectomy has been performed, and surgery and reconstruction of the other breast to produce a symmetrical appearance.
When should you undergo breast reconstruction plastic surgery? There are two paths to choose from when deciding to have reconstructive breast surgery. Breast reconstruction surgery may begin at the time of the mastectomy, in which case is known as "immediate breast reconstruction" or weeks, months, or years thereafter, also known as "delayed" reconstruction.
What are the advantages of immediate breast reconstruction? Reconstructing the breast immediately following the mastectomy avoids additional operations and general anesthesia at a later date. Furthermore, the breast reconstructive process is generally easier due to the absence of scar tissue from prior surgeries with the breast skin retaining the size and shape of the original breast. Perhaps most importantly, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, David P. Rapaport, MD can work with the surgeon who performs the mastectomy surgery to help plan the best surgical approach to allow for natural appearing results as possible.
Choices: All women who are going to have or have had a mastectomy have three basic choices concerning breast reconstruction and should know that they have the right to make the choice that best suits them:
1. The choice to say "Yes" or "No" to breast reconstruction.
2. The choice to have immediate or delayed reconstruction.
3. The choice to say which type of breast reconstruction they want.
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, David P. Rapaport, MD would be delighted to meet with you at his Manhattan, New York office to answer any and all questions pertaining breast reconstruction plastic surgery.
If you have questions concerning breast reconstruction plastic surgery, or would like to schedule a consultation with the Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, please phone David P. Rapaport's Manhattan, New York Plastic Surgery office at 212.249.9955 or email the NYC Plastic Surgeon at firstname.lastname@example.org
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