What are the top things to consider when looking for a breast reconstruction surgeon?
Your surgeon should be board-certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons or the American Board of Medical Specialties.
According to The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), it is important to choose a surgeon that has completed the certification requirements of their country. Members of the ASPS meet very strict standards (1):
- Board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery® (ABPS)
- Complete at least six years of surgical training following medical school with a minimum of three years of plastic surgery residency training
- Pass comprehensive oral and written exams
- Graduate from an accredited medical school
- Complete continuing medical education, including patient safety, each year
- Perform surgery in accredited, state-licensed, or Medicare-certified surgical facilities
2. Works with your breast surgeon.
Your breast surgeon should have a good working relationship with your plastic surgeon. The two surgeons should communicate frequently and together formulate the best treatment plan for each specific patient. Therefore, it is important that your plastic surgeon is someone your breast surgeon feels comfortable working with. Typically, after a new breast cancer diagnosis, your breast surgeon will help narrow your decision by referring you to one or multiple plastic surgeons that may fit your reconstructive needs.
3. Discuss all of your options.
There are two main types of breast reconstruction, implant-based or autologous based. In the consultation with your plastic surgeon, both types of reconstruction should be discussed so you can fully understand your options. Some patients are better candidates for one type over the other, and your plastic surgeon will be able to provide data supporting why. Keep in mind that not all plastic surgeons specialize in or offer every type of reconstruction procedure there is and therefore you may want or need to consult multiple plastic surgeons.
4. Ease of communication.
Making an informed decision is important. You should feel comfortable asking your surgical team questions until you fully understand the procedure you are planning to undergo. By doing this, you are opening up the communication lines and establishing a good relationship with your doctor.
If you are looking for the best breast reconstruction surgeon for you, consider Breast Reconstruction Associates. They are a team of Fort Worth, Dallas, Oklahoma City, and Austin breast reconstruction surgeons who not only have premier skills and credentials but also have high regard for quality patient care.
(1) “How Do I Choose a Plastic Surgeon for Breast Reconstruction?” American Society of Plastic Surgeons, www.plasticsurgery.org/reconstructive-procedures/breast-reconstruction/surgeon.