Questions Your Breast Reconstruction Surgeon Wants You To Ask
By: Courtney Floyd
What questions should you ask your surgeon before breast reconstruction?
1) Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
It is so important to do your homework and verify your breast reconstruction surgeon is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This means your surgeon demonstrates exceptional expertise and has passed all required board examinations.
2) How many breast reconstruction procedures have you performed?
With any procedure it is important the surgeon you choose has lots of experience. At PRMA our surgeons have performed thousands of breast reconstruction procedures. You want to go with a specialist. You wouldn’t want to go with a surgeon who specializes in Rhinoplasty to have a DIEP flap and vice versa.
3) What’s your success rate?
You want to make sure you are going with a surgeon or center that is top notch. Typically, specialists boast a success rate of over 97%. The success rate at PRMA is over 99%!
4) Do you have residents or fellows?
Some centers have surgeons-in-training known as "residents" or "fellows" that may be helping with your surgery or even performing part of it. This may or may not be something you are comfortable with considering the complexity of the surgery. We do not have residents or fellows at PRMA.
5) May I see your before and after photos?
Taking a look at before and after photos of the breast reconstruction procedure your surgeon has performed is a great tool in deciding if he/she is the right choice for you. Never be ashamed of asking to see photos, or even better, speaking with other patients who have already had the procedure with the surgeon.
Breast reconstruction is a journey! You want to have 100% confidence in your surgeon and their team! Never be afraid to ask questions and if you are unsure about your decision seek a second opinion.