Reconstructive surgery can help repair a part of your body that is affected by disease or injury. Repairing a defect after mastectomy or correction of cleft lip and palate are just a few of the reasons someone might seek reconstructive surgery. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, nearly 1 million reconstructive surgery procedures are performed each year.
Listed below are a few of the more common conditions that may be improved with reconstructive surgery.
Each person's unique situation will be evaluated on an individual basis. Your surgeon will take a detailed medical history and evaluate your case based on your desired results and medical necessity. That is, do you have a traumatic burn that affects underlying muscles and impacts your mobility? Have you had cancer and require surgery to multiple body parts? Your surgeon will evaluate the severity of your case and advise you on the available options. Together, the two of you can decide which surgical procedure best suits your needs and expectations.
Unlike elective cosmetic procedures, insurance carriers do cover reconstructive surgery. To be safe, be sure to have your surgeon write a letter and take photos detailing your case.
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