Reconstructive procedures are designed to treat structures of the body affected aesthetically or functionally by congenital defects, developmental issues, trauma, infection, tumors, or disease. These surgeries are most commonly covered by insurance, although coverage for specific procedures may very.
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The 21 st century has seen many advances in the battle against breast cancer. This has lead to earlier diagnoses and many more women beating their cancer. The surgical treatment for breast cancer often involves removing some or all of the breast tissue and the nipple which can be very distressing for the patient. Studies prove that breast reconstruction improves the quality of life in women that have undergone mastectomies. There are often multiple options for breast reconstruction including using implants or the patient’s own tissue. One of these options may be preferred depending on what treatments are recommended by your cancer doctor after surgery. The cancer surgery is (and should be) first and foremost but getting all the options explained to you for reconstruction is very important for your future well being. This was recognized by Congress when they passed the “U.S. Women’s Health and Cancer Right Act,” requiring insurance companies to pay for mastectomy reconstruction.
Getting a skin cancer diagnosis can be hard to accept, but getting the most researched information can help you understand the process and help you make an educated decision on the next step. Dr. Malotky encourages patients to visit the National Comprehensive Cancer Network website
Scar revision is performed to improve the appearance or condition of an existing scar on the body. Discoloration or surface irregularity can be improved with different techniques including surgery, or other treatments recommended by your surgeon. Hypertropic scars, keloid scars, and contractures are the most common types of scars that need revision.