Breast reconstruction

Dr. Linda Phillips discusses reconstruction with patient Leslie Zogheib.

Women in the United States with health insurance have had the right to choose breast reconstruction after surgery for breast cancer since 1998 when federal legislation mandated that insurance cover reconstruction of the breast. The law even requires insurers to provide coverage of surgery for the other breast in order to achieve symmetry.

Despite this legislation, and even though since 1998 there have been many advances in plastic surgery techniques for breast restoration, 70 percent of women eligible for breast reconstruction are still not being informed of their options, according to a 2008 article in Cancer, the journal of the American Cancer Society.

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