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Patient Forms & Resources

These resources are designed to assist you before and after your breast reconstruction surgery.

Guide to Your Upcoming Surgery

Patient Intake Form

Questions to Ask Your Plastic Surgeon

Mastectomy Checklist

Drain Care

Community Support Groups

Insurance Coverage for Breast Reconstruction

The Women’s Health Care and Cancer Rights Act mandates that health insurance must offer coverage for breast reconstruction.

This law extends to procedures that might not be covered under other circumstances, such as breast lifts, reductions, or augmentations. It also requires coverage for support garments such as postsurgical bras.

While your insurance plan is required to cover breast reconstruction, the exact details of coverage, including what you may be expected to pay out-of-pocket, will vary from plan to plan. Dr. Smith’s team can help you navigate the particulars of your health care plan.

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Wellness Support

One of the best ways to prepare for breast reconstruction surgery is to ensure that you’ve optimized your health. It can be challenging to focus on diet, exercise, and mental health during this journey, especially if you’re also going through treatments such as radiation or chemotherapy. But Dr. Smith and his team are here to support you and help you access the resources you need to feel successful.

Nutrition is important in helping you find a healthy weight, which can lead to better surgical outcomes. Exercise is great for your heart and helps maintain strength and mobility (although radiation and chemotherapy may restrict your ability to exercise in some cases). And your mental health is paramount during this time; psychotherapy or community groups can be valuable forums for self-expression and support.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is breast reconstruction covered by insurance?

Yes. Under the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998 (WHCRA), insurance companies are required to pay for breast reconstruction after a mastectomy or lumpectomy. You may, however, be subject to copays or deductibles. Check with your insurance company and your physician’s surgical coordinator to confirm coverage and costs.

How should I prepare for my surgery and recovery?

Download our Mastectomy Checklist and Guide to Your Upcoming Surgery for complete information on surgery and recovery preparation. You can also view in our Support Center on our Patient Forms & Resources page. You can also contact your physician or surgical coordinator if you have any additional questions.

How many surgeries are required?

Breast reconstruction often involves more than one procedure. The number of surgeries you will need depends on several health-related factors as well as the choices you make about your own reconstruction. If you have a mastectomy with immediate breast reconstruction, you may only need one surgery. If you have delayed reconstruction, you will have at least two surgeries. In either case, most women have more than one procedure, including additional enhancement procedures to achieve optimal results.