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How should I choose a plastic surgeon?

Thursday, September 01, 2011

After discovering that you have breast cancer, it can be hard enough to choose whether or not to have a breast reconstruction. If you do decide to opt for one after careful discussion with family and your physician, how do you then pick the proper plastic surgeon?

Dr. Ira Krafchin told the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader that it is easier to find a reconstructive or cosmetic expert than it used to be, in part because plastic surgery has become less invasive and more culturally acceptable than it once was.

The American Cancer Society has some simple recommendations for finding a reconstructive specialist who is right for you.

First, the organization recommends that you check to see if a surgeon is board certified to perform immediate or delayed breast reconstructions. This may be done by contacting the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, which maintains an updated list of all doctors in your area licensed by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Once you have settled on several medical practitioners who are qualified and available, schedule an office appointment with them. During the visit, be sure to inquire about the insurance providers they accept, the average cost of an operation, the timeframe for a typical surgery and any new types of reconstruction available to you.

Choose a plastic surgeon. Wilkes-Barre Times Leader. July 30, 2011. http://www.timesleader.com/features/Choose_a_Plastic_Surgeon_07-29-2011.html Accessed August 1, 2011.

Breast reconstruction after mastectomy. American Cancer Society. September 1, 2009. http://www.cancer.org/cancer/breastcancer/moreinformation/breastreconstructionaftermastectomy/breast-reconstruction-aftermastectomy- your-plastic-surgeon Accessed August 1, 2011.

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