Annapolis Plastic Surgeon, Dr. James Chappell works with breast cancer survivors through breast reconstruction.
Almost every woman who loses her breast or breasts to cancer can have them rebuilt through reconstructive surgery. Reconstruction options, including skin expansion followed by the use of implants or flap reconstruction with tissue (skin, fat and muscle) from other parts of the body, are discussed immediately after diagnosis.
Dr. Chappell is aware of the devastating effects of breast cancer. He has extensive experience in plastic surgery and wound care and is the former Medical Director of the Anne Arundel Medical Center Wound Care Center. He provides numerous options to help you make the best and most informed decision.
Is Breast Reconstruction Surgery Covered By Insurance?
In 2012 over 91,000 breast reconstruction (mastectomy reconstruction) procedures were performed — a huge increase since the 1990’s. This increase was due in part to the passage of the Women ’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998. The law, supported by the ASPS, mandates insurance coverage for breast reconstruction and the alteration of the opposite breast for symmetry for women who have undergone mastectomy.