If you didn’t know that breast reconstruction surgery after a mastectomy is supposed to be covered by insurance, you aren’t alone. Many people do not know that in 1998, Congress signed The Women’s Health and Cancer Right Act (WHCRA) into law. This act requires that mastectomy benefits also cover:
- Reconstruction of the breast that was removed by mastectomy
- Surgery and reconstruction of the non-removed breast to create symmetry
- Any external breast prostheses needed before or during the reconstruction
Many women diagnosed with breast cancer are unaware that these benefits are available to them. Worrying about restoring their bodies after treatment is an added stress that many women have trouble dealing with. To reduce stress on breast cancer patients, it is key to educate them about all of their options.
In May of 2015, the Senate introduced the Breast Cancer Patient Education Act (BCPEA). This act requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to plan and implement a campaign that informs breast cancer patients about the coverage of breast reconstruction and other post-mastectomy options. Under federal law, women must be given access to educational materials on their rights to breast reconstruction.
Breast Cancer Education
It is extremely important that women have access to thorough and correct information on their rights. The breast cancer battle is hard enough, and women shouldn’t have to stress about how they are going reclaim their bodies once their battle is over. Women should be able to focus on fighting their cancer and healing. Making sure that every woman is informed of her rights will help reduce stress and may increase the chances of survival.
The Breast Cancer Patient Education Act (BCPEA) of 2015 has not yet passed in the House nor the Senate. Congressional support is important to see the success of this bill. Contact your Congress representative and urge them to support this bill.
Breast Reconstruction With Dr. Mesbahi
Dr. Mesbahi knows that an integral part of the healing process for a woman after her mastectomy is breast reconstruction surgery. His goal is to help restore a woman’s feminine body while treating her with the kindness and respect she deserves.
If you are looking for a surgeon to perform your breast reconstruction, schedule a consultation with Dr. Mesbahi today. Contact our office at 703-287-8277 or fill out our online contact form here form more information.
When you make a decision to have plastic surgery, it is important that you choose a surgeon who is well qualified and experienced. However, it may be difficult to determine whether a surgeon has the skills and ability to perform your surgery and achieve the best results possible. Therefore, here is some information you should look for when choosing your plastic surgeon:
Board Certified in Plastic Surgery
You may be surprised to learn that any physician is legally able to perform a plastic surgery procedure. However, a doctor board certified in plastic surgery will have the training and experience necessary to perform the safest and most effective procedure. Just because a doctor claims to be board-certified does not mean he or she is board-certified in plastic surgery. Therefore, make sure your surgeon is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). This is the only board certification for plastic surgery recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties.
Member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS®)
It is important that your surgeon is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS®). Choosing a plastic surgeon who is a member of the ASPS ensures your surgeon is highly qualified to perform your surgery. Members of the ASPS® must meet rigorous standards, including completing a minimum of six years of surgical training after medical school with at least three years of training in plastic surgery. Also, ASPS® members are also required to complete continuing medical education every year, including education on patient safety and perform all surgeries in an accredited, state-licensed, or Medicare-certified surgical facility.
Experience Performing the Specific Procedure You Want
Once you know your surgeon is board certified in plastic surgery and a member of the ASPS, it is important to make sure he or she has experience performing the specific plastic surgery procedure you want to undergo. You should also review the surgeon’s before and after photos of patients who have undergone this particular procedure so you can see the results you may be able to expect from your surgeon.
Dr. Mesbahi is ABPS Board Certified in Plastic Surgery, a member of the ASPS, and has years of experience performing many facial, breast, and body plastic surgery procedures. To schedule your private consultation, contact Mesbahi Plastic Surgery by calling (703) 287-8277 or fill out our online contact form. Dr. Mesbahi and his friendly staff look forward to meeting you.