Dr. Gottenger dedication to breast reconstruction is directed to restore one or both breasts to near normal shape, appearance, symmetry, and size following mastectomy, lumpectomy or other trauma.
Breast reconstruction often involves several procedures performed in stages and can either begin at the time of mastectomy or be delayed until a later date.
Surgical approaches for breast reconstruction includes implant/tissue expanders based reconstruction to help form a new breast or flap reconstruction using the patient's own tissue from another part of the body to form a new breast.
Dr. Gottenger is always on top of the latest techniques for breast reconstruction including last generation implants, PREVENA™ Incision Management System, ALLODERM SELECT™ Regenerative Tissue Matrix and AeroForm tissue expander system, bringing his patients full expansions without needles in the comfort of their home with a single touch of a button.
How Is The Procedure Done?
The reconstructive procedure is performed under general anesthesia and patient usually stays in the hospital one to three days depending on the type of reconstruction.
Breast Reconstruction is covered by insurance?
Breast reconstruction surgery after breast cancer is considered a reconstructive procedure and should be covered by health insurance under federal law. However your coverage may only provide a part of the total fee, you should discuss further with your insurance company.
What is the role of fat grafting on breast reconstruction?
Fat transfer is a common part of breast reconstruction. After permanent implants have been placed or a flap has been performed, fat transfer can smooth out irregularities or soften transitions from implants to the native chest. This procedure it should also be covered by health insurance.
The nipple/areola reconstruction is an outpatient procedure that is usually done under general anesthesia, the average time for this is about 1-2 hours. The goal of the surgery is to create a new nipple/areola complex that has a natural appearance in a three-dimensional way; another option is to do only tattooing under local anesthesia.