Preparing for Surgery

Preparing for Surgery

See Yourself with the Shape You Want and the Peace-of-Mind You Need

There are many decisions to make when considering breast reconstruction surgery. We’ve compiled a list of questions to help guide your initial discussions with your surgical team.

questions to ask your provider:

Am I a good candidate for breast reconstruction?

What type of breast reconstruction procedure is best for me?

What are the primary risks and complications with breast reconstruction?

What is the best timing for me? Can I have breast reconstruction during the same surgery as my mastectomy? If not, how long do I need to wait?

Will the reconstructed breast match my remaining breast in size?

How will my reconstructed breast feel to the touch?

Will I have any feeling in my reconstructed breast?

Are you board certified (or board eligible) by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS)? (You can research board membership at

How many breast reconstruction surgeries do you perform each year?

How many years have you been doing breast reconstruction surgery?

Which types of reconstruction are you most experienced in?

What is the most common complication you encounter with breast reconstruction patients?

What is your reoperation rate for reconstruction patients? And what is the most common reoperation you perform?

Do you have before-and-after photos of similar procedures that I can review?

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