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After a breast cancer diagnosis, it's never too early to discuss breast reconstruction with your doctor or surgeon. Following are some questions you may want to ask as part of this discussion.

  1. Am I a candidate for breast reconstruction?
  2. What are my options if I choose to have breast reconstruction?
  3. Are there any new reconstruction options that I should know about?
  4. Which type of surgery would give me the best results?
  5. How much experience do you (plastic surgeon) have with different reconstructive procedures?
  6. When do you recommend I begin breast reconstruction?
  7. How long will the surgery take? What kind of anesthesia?
  8. How many surgeries will I need?
  9. What risks/possible complications should I know about?
  10. How much discomfort or pain will I feel?
  11. Where will the scars be? How large?
  12. How long will my recovery take?
  13. When can I return to my normal activities such as driving and working? What activities should I avoid?
  14. What complications should I report to you?
  15. What type of care will I need to do at home?
  16. How often will I follow-up with you?
  17. Will flap surgery cause any permanent changes where tissue was removed?
  18. What is the latest information about the safety of breast implants?
  19. How long will an implant last?
  20. Can I talk with other women who have had the same surgery I am considering?
  21. Will the reconstructed breast match my remaining breast in size?
  22. How will my reconstructed breast feel to the touch?
  23. Will I have any feeling in my reconstructed breast or nipple?
  24. Will breast reconstruction interfere with chemotherapy?
  25. Will breast reconstruction interfere with radiation therapy?
  26. What kinds of changes to the breast can I expect over time?
  27. How will aging affect my reconstructed breast?
  28. What happens if I gain or lose weight?
  29. How much will it cost? Will my health insurance pay for breast reconstruction? Will my insurance pay for revision, or minor changes to achieve symmetry?
  30. Will my reconstruction be affected by radiation therapy or chemotherapy?

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