What You Should Know About Breast Reconstruction in Maryland
March 19, 2015 - by Dr. Jules Feledy
After beating breast cancer and having a mastectomy, women can come to Dr. Feledy for breast reconstruction surgery to give them back a beautiful, natural looking feminine figure. This procedure is typically performed immediately after breast removal, but it can also be delayed until your body heals from the mastectomy. Dr. Feledy may use the skin expansion with implants or the flap reconstruction technique to ensure you achieve the best possible result.
Here are some important things you should know about breast reconstruction in Maryland:
The Breast Reconstruction Procedure
The breast reconstruction procedure typically involves multiple sessions and will be performed in a hospital under general anesthesia. However, any follow-up procedures may be performed under local anesthesia in an outpatient facility. You can start considering your options for a breast reconstruction procedure as soon as you have been diagnosed with cancer—or even as a preventative measure as Angelina Jolie famously chose to do. Dr. Feledy can work directly with your oncologist to develop a treatment plan that will be most safe and suitable for you.
How the Tissue Expansion Technique Works
This technique involves placing a balloon expander beneath the skin and chest muscle. Dr. Feledy will use a series of saline injections to fill the expander over the next few months. The expander will stretch the breast tissue until there is enough space for a permanent implant to be placed.
How Flap Reconstruction Works
This reconstructive surgery technique involves reconstructing your breast using tissue taken from another part of your body, such as the abdomen, buttocks, or back. This is made up of skin, muscle, and fat that will be used to create a new foundation for the breast. Your flap reconstruction may or may not be combined with breast implants to maintain a beautiful balance between your breasts.
In most cases, health insurance will cover some or all of the costs associated with a post-mastectomy breast reconstruction procedure. We can review insurance information with you during your consultation and determine exactly what type of coverage and benefits you are eligible for and what your out-of-pocket expenses may be. Learn more about breast reconstruction in Maryland by scheduling your consultation with Dr. Feledy today.