Is breast reconstruction covered after mastectomy?

Is breast reconstruction covered after mastectomy?

Breast reconstruction procedures should be covered by your health insurance plan, whether they are done right away, soon after mastectomy/lumpectomy, or many years later. This includes procedures that may be needed over time to refine the reconstructed breast and/or to create symmetry (balance) between the two breasts.

What percentage of mastectomy patients get reconstruction UK?

It is estimated that 14,850 of the 55,000 women diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the UK undergo a mastectomy – with around 3,119 (21%) of these patients opting to have immediate breast reconstruction, and 1,485 (10%) having delayed reconstruction.

How do mastectomy scars fade?

Are there treatments for scars?

  1. Silicone gel sheets and silicone gel may help to heal a scar, reducing its size and colour, and making it feel softer.
  2. Steroid injections can help to soften and flatten hypertrophic and keloid scars.
  3. Pressure treatment with an individually tailored elastic garment may help reduce a scar.

What is red breast syndrome?

Red breast syndrome (RBS) represents an inflammatory condition that rarely occurs in the setting of acellular dermal matrix use after prosthetic reconstruction. It is characterized by erythema or rubor that occurs directly over the ADM, and its appearance resembles that of a cellulitis.

What was in the National mastectomy and breast reconstruction audit 2008?

First Annual Report of the National Mastectomy and Breast Reconstruction Audit 2008 This is the first annual report from the National Mastectomy and Breast Reconstruction Audit. The report presents the first year’s work on the project including a pre-audit qualitative study, Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) analysis and organisational audit.

Does the NHS provide immediate breast reconstruction after a mastectomy?

Although falling in number, 39 English NHS Trusts (26 per cent) that performed mastectomy surgery in 2005-06 did not also provide immediate reconstruction as a local option according to HES.

What is the focus of the breast cancer audit?

The focus of the audit will be a prospective examination of the determinants of variation in practice and outcomes for a cohort of women who will undergo mastectomy or reconstruction surgery during 2008. However, the audit also aims to provide a full picture of breast cancer services in England and Wales.

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