Do I need breast reconstruction?
Breast reconstruction is optional, and can be performed at any time, whether at the time of a patient’s cancer surgery, or even years later.
How do I know which breast reconstruction is the right option for me?
Our reconstructive surgeon will meet with you in consultation and talk about a range of available breast reconstruction techniques, as there is no single answer or solution for everyone. You are encouraged to ask all questions and voice any concerns you may have. Our doctor will evaluate your physical condition and review your medical history, as well as listen to your concerns and discuss options that may be best for your goals. Once you and the surgeon have talked about your options, you will have a much better idea of the breast reconstruction technique that can meet your needs. Every method of breast reconstruction has advantages and disadvantages, and patients should select the method that best helps them achieve their goals.
Will the new breast look natural?
With the many advances in breast reconstruction surgery over the last few decades, combined with the skills and experience of our specialty-trained plastic surgeons, it is very possible to provide restoration of the breast with natural-looking results.
How do I know if I am a candidate for breast reconstruction?
When you come in for your initial consultation with our breast reconstruction surgeon, you will be evaluated for your candidacy for the procedure. Almost every individual who needs breast reconstruction is eligible for at least one type of reconstruction procedure. Our surgeon will talk with you about your options and help you decide which may be the better procedures for your unique body type.
Is it possible to have breast reconstruction in tandem with a mastectomy?
Yes. In many cases, patients who elect to have immediate breast reconstruction may have the procedure performed in the same operation, right after mastectomy. Again, this is decided on a case by case basis. Some patients need more than one surgery to achieve the desired results.
Am I able to have a breast reconstruction for a mastectomy that I had years ago?
Yes. Some women are not physically or emotionally ready to have breast reconstruction performed during a mastectomy, or even in the first few months and years that follow. Our breast reconstruction surgeon will meet with you in an initial consultation and talk about your options for a delayed reconstruction.
Do you work with the other physicians involved in my care?
The OSU Department of Plastic Surgery’s Breast Reconstruction Center takes great pride in our emphasis on collaboration in the care of our breast reconstruction patients. We believe a team effort – working closely with your oncologist, radiologist, primary care physician, and others involved in your care, can lead to the best possible results.
Will breast reconstruction affect chemotherapy or radiation treatments that may be necessary if the cancer returns?
Breast reconstruction should not affect future chemotherapy or radiation treatments if the cancer returns; however, we highly recommend you discuss your cancer diagnosis with our reconstructive surgeon before undergoing breast reconstruction. You may also need to undergo a specialized mammogram after breast reconstruction to attain the most accurate results.
Will insurance cover breast reconstruction procedures?
Many insurance companies offer coverage for breast reconstruction. Our team here at the Ohio State University Department of Plastic Surgery can assist you with exploring your policy and filing claims for coverage.
Schedule a Consultation for Breast Reconstruction
If you have other questions regarding breast reconstruction and our Breast Reconstruction Center, or if you would like to meet individually with one of our plastic and reconstructive surgeons, please contact the Ohio State University Department of Plastic Surgery.