Traveling to PRMA for Breast Reconstruction? The Process is Easy!
By: Brandy (Korman) Haslam
What is the process like for traveling to PRMA for breast reconstruction?
Handling all of PRMA’s out of state patients, I get daily questions on how the process works for patients traveling to us from outside of Texas. It really is a fairly simple process…
To begin, we collect some important information from you by completing an assessment form. This gives me and the surgeons more info about your medical history: any previous surgeries, allergies, medications and other relevant information. You can find the assessment form here or we can complete it over the phone. You can also complete a virtual consultation here in your own time if you prefer.
The next step is photos—everyone’s favorite part! If for example you are interested in the DIEP flap, the photos will need to be of your lower abdomen up to your breasts from the front and both sides. These photos allow us to see how much tummy fat you have and to ultimately determine if you may be a good DIEP flap candidate before you even travel to San Antonio.
If you are interested in another flap such as a GAP, TUG, or LAT, the photos should include your backside, thighs or back respectively. I’ll specify beforehand, don’t worry!
The next step will be to send us any medical records you have. Please don’t worry if you don’t have any of your records - I will send a request to your physicians and we can get them that way.
We will also need a copy of the front and back of your insurance card. Just so you know, PRMA is in-network with most US insurance companies.
Once we have received all the necessary paperwork (I promise, it’s not as much as it sounds), we will verify your insurance benefits and let you know what your out-of-pocket and deductible are. That way you can feel comfortable there won’t be any financial surprises.
After your benefits have been verified, our surgeons will review your file and make recommendations.
You can then decide if you’d like to travel to PRMA for a consultation and surgery. If you decide to move forward we will schedule the necessary appointments for you.
Another question I get asked is how long do I need to be in San Antonio and where do I stay?
We tell all our patients that you will need to be in San Antonio for 2 weeks. You will stay in the hospital between 4-5 days and then have a follow up with your surgeon 7-10 days later before returning home.
I work with the American Cancer Society to assist all of our patients with airfare and lodging expenses. They are usually able to help with free or low cost airfare and lodging which really helps cut down travel expenses a lot.