Tarrytown, New York (PRWEB) April 18, 2007
Despite a federal law requiring insurance companies to pay for breast reconstruction, only 16% of U.S. women have their breasts surgically reconstructed after mastectomy. A recent study may have identified a large part of the problem: mastectomy patients are frequently unaware of their reconstructive options, because many general surgeons never provide referrals to a plastic surgeon.
The study of 456 general surgeons found that 44 percent referred fewer than one in four of their mastectomy patients to a plastic surgeon for a reconstructive consultation.
"Each and every woman who faces mastectomy should have the option to choose or refuse breast reconstruction," says Dr. C. Andrew Salzberg, co-founder of New York Group for Plastic Surgery, LLP and pioneer of One-Stage Implant Reconstruction with AlloDerm. Salzberg encourages women to learn about their reconstructive options and make their own decisions about which procedure, if any, is right for them.
"Breast reconstruction can make an enormous difference to a woman who loses her breasts, by improving both her physical appearance and emotional outlook," says Salzberg. "It's an incredibly personal decision -- one that a woman should make for herself, based on her knowledge of reconstructive options and which, if any, is right for her."
Salzberg's new website, http://www.mybreastreconstruction.com, objectively explains various reconstructive methods, what recovery is like, and what women can expect in the way of results. The site includes before-and-after photos of reconstruction, pages of patient information and resources, and information regarding the FDA's recent approval of silicone implants. The website also provides information for women who are considering preventative mastectomy due to an increased hereditary risk of breast cancer. "We want women to know what's available," says Salzberg, "so they can make informed decisions about what's really best for them."
Dr. Salzberg has been listed as a "Best Doctor for Women" by Ladies Home Journal and since 1990 has been listed as a "Best Doctor in the New York Metro area." His One-Stage Breast Reconstruction with Implant and AlloDerm® eliminates much of the time and discomfort associated with the traditional procedure of rebuilding breasts with implants.
For more information, contact Dr. Salzberg at 800-433-7410