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Questions Regarding Breast Cancer Reconstruction

You may want to ask your doctor these questions before having reconstruction surgery for breast cancer:
  • What is the latest information about the safety of breast implants?
  • How many breast reconstructions have you done?
  • Which type of surgery would give me the best results?
  • How long will the surgery take? What kind of anesthesia will be used?
  • When do you recommend I begin breast reconstruction?
  • How many surgeries will I need?
  • What are the risks at the time of surgery? Later?
  • Will there be scars? Where? How large?
  • Will flap surgery cause any permanent changes where tissue was removed?
  • What complications should I report to you?
  • How long will my recovery take? When can I return to my normal activities? What activities should I avoid?
  • Will I need follow-up care?
  • How much will it cost? Will my health insurance pay for breast reconstruction?
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