Things to Consider Before Surgery

If you are thinking about having breast reconstruction surgery, it is a good idea to discuss it with your surgeon and plastic surgeon before a mastectomy. This allows surgical teams time to plan the treatment that is best for you, even if you decide to wait and have reconstructive surgery at a later date.

Also, write down questions in advance of your medical appointments, and be sure to take good notes during these appointments. It may help to bring a trusted friend or family member along to take notes for you. 

Some frequently asked question about breast reconstruction:

  • What is the latest information about the safety of silicone breast implants?
  • Which type of surgery would give me the best results? Why? How will I look afterward?
  • What is the average cost of each type? Does my insurance cover them?
  • How much experience do you (the plastic surgeon) have with this procedure?
  • When can my reconstruction begin?
  • How many surgeries will I need?

  • View this printable list of questions to ask your doctor. To view and print this list, you will need the Free Adobe Acrobat ReaderĀ® software.
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