Breast Reconstruction Surgery: Understanding Your Options

Choosing to undergo breast reconstruction surgery after a mastectomy is a very personal and important decision. There are several types of breast reconstruction and the best one for you will depend on your personal goals, your body type, and your health. Reconstruction is designed to restore the shape, size, and projection of one or both breasts, and it can be performed using your own tissue or an implant. If you are considering breast reconstruction, it is best to consult with your doctor before undergoing a mastectomy, as this can expand your options later on. A well-respected and highly trained surgeon in New Orleans, LA, Dr. Ravi Tandon can explain your options and guide you through your transformation should you wish to pursue treatment.

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Breast reconstruction can improve your appearance, confidence, and overall quality of life.

Reconstructive Techniques

Dr. Tandon will work closely with you to determine your candidacy and which type of reconstruction is best for your needs. He will consider factors like your overall health, the amount of available tissue, the size of your breasts, and your personal preferences.

Dr. Tandon can reconstruct the breasts with implants or advanced muscle-sparing flap techniques, such as DIEP flap.

There are two main forms of reconstruction: implant-based and natural breast reconstruction

Natural Tissue

Flap procedures use your own body tissue to enhance the breasts. Tissue can be harvested from the tummy, thighs, buttocks, or back. Dr. Tandon uses advanced muscle-sparing techniques, such as the DIEP flap. If you are a candidate for treatment, Dr. Tandon will work hand-in-hand with your oncologist to design a plan that results in the best oncologic outcome, as well as the most beautiful aesthetic results. 

Implant Reconstruction

Implant reconstruction can either be completed at the same time as a mastectomy, which is known as a "single-stage" implant reconstruction, or at a later date. Implants come in different sizes and shapes, and Dr. Tandon can work with you to choose an option that complements your figure.

Immediate vs. Delayed Reconstruction

Most patients can have breast reconstruction performed at the same time as the mastectomy (immediate reconstruction) but it may need to be done at a later date (delayed reconstruction). An immediate reconstruction offers the benefits of less time in surgery and fewer incisions, though many women may need to wait until their cancer treatment is complete before undergoing reconstruction. Either way, it is important to discuss your options with Dr. Tandon to ensure you achieve the results you are hoping for.

Insurance Coverage

The Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998 is a federal law that is overseen by the Departments of Labor and Health and Human Services. The law states that group health plans are required to pay for a mastectomy, breast reconstruction, external prosthesis, and surgery needed to address any complications that arise as a result of a mastectomy. Reconstruction is also covered under Medicare. Keep in mind that coverage under Medicaid will vary from state to state.

We encourage you to speak with our team about coverage. We would be happy to answer any and all of your questions.

Meet with Dr. Tandon

Breast reconstruction can restore your appearance and confidence following a mastectomy. If you are interested in breast reconstruction, Dr. Tandon can guide you through every step of the process and help you to prepare. To learn more about your options, please contact us online, or call us at (504) 455-1000 to schedule a consultation.

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Ravi Tandon, M.D.

Dr. Ravi Tandon is one of the most sought after plastic surgeons who is highly skilled and has trained in the latest breast reconstruction techniques. He is affiliated with various plastic surgery organizations: 

  • American Society of Plastic Surgery
  • American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • Louisiana Society of Plastic Surgeons

If you are exploring breast reconstruction during, immediately after, or long after your mastectomy, our compassionate team can help. To learn more about your options, request a consultation online or call our practice at (504) 455-1000.

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