What questions should I ask?

  • When can I get a prosthesis?
  • Will it be covered by my insurance?
  • Am I a candidate for reconstructive surgery?
  • What are the types of surgery currently available?
  • Which are possibilities for me?
  • Which would you recommend and why?
  • What are the costs of reconstructive surgery, and will my insurance cover them?
  • Will my breasts look relatively the same? Will they be symmetrical?
  • Will I regain sensation in my breasts? Will they feel the same as before surgery?
  • How much experience do you have performing this type of reconstruction?
  • Are there studies about women's satisfaction with this type of surgery?
  • Am I a candidate for immediate reconstruction? Why or why not?
  • What are the possible complications?
  • How will this affect my other treatments, i.e. chemotherapy or radiation?
  • How many surgeries will I need?
  • How long is the surgery, hospital stay and recovery period for my type of reconstruction?
  • How will the reconstructed breast respond to aging and/or weight gain/loss?
  • What are the latest and most innovative technologies available in reconstruction?
  • Do you have materials that I can take home and read before I make a decision?
  • Do you have pictures of results from previous surgeries you've done that I could look at?
  • How can I talk with other women who have already had this type of reconstruction?