3 Important Questions To Ask Your Breast Reconstruction Surgeon

PRMA Plastic Surgery is one of the leading breast reconstruction centers in the world. Breast Reconstruction is our passion. We specialize in state-of-the art breast reconstruction procedures including DIEP flap, SIEA flap, GAP flap, TUG flap, PAP flap, LTP flap, fat grafting, direct-to-implant, nipple-sparing mastectomy, 3D nipple/areola tattooing and lymphedema surgery. Haute Beauty chats with PRMA Plastic Surgery to learn more about breast reconstruction and the most asked questions from patients. 

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Will my reconstructed breasts have any feeling?

Patients undergoing mastectomy must understand they may lose all feeling in the chest, regardless of whether they choose to have breast reconstruction or not. This is because the mastectomy cuts most of the nerves that provide feeling. Some patients may be candidates for an additional procedure called a "microneurorrhaphy", performed at the same time as breast reconstruction. This repairs the nerves cut by the mastectomy and significantly improves return of feeling to the reconstructed breast. Microneurorrhaphy is performed by joining two nerves using microsurgery and therefore requires specialized training. While very few centers worldwide offer this additional procedure, PRMA has been successfully performing sensory nerve reconstruction since the late 1990's.

How long will the recovery be?

Recovery from breast reconstruction is a gradual process which usually takes 4-6 weeks. Regardless of the procedure being performed, patient should expect to return to normal activities after 6 weeks. Patients seeking implant reconstruction and those seeking flap-based options (like the DIEP flap) should be prepared for more than one surgery to achieve the best possible results.

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Do you accept insurance? How much will this cost?

Thanks to the passing of the Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act (WHCRA) by Congress in '98, breast reconstruction is covered by insurance if insurance also covers the mastectomy. The total out of pocket cost can vary depending on the type of reconstruction surgery chosen and your insurance coverage level of benefits. It is important to speak with a billing coordinator prior to your surgery so you are fully aware of your coverage and patient responsibilities.