New York legislation aims to inform breast reconstruction candidates
October 22, 2010
Earlier this year, a new law passed by state legislators in New York mandates that, as of January 1, hospitals will be required to present breast cancer patients with all of their options regarding reconstructive surgeries. Legislation ensures that all patients who are undergoing mastectomies, lymph node dissections, or lumpectomies will receive the information relevant to breast reconstruction.
In an interview with CBS news, State Senate President Malcolm A. Smith said, "You have [only] 11 percent of women on Medicare who are actually getting the reconstructive surgery and the information as opposed to managed care. It’s up to 54 percent."
A New York-based plastic surgeon noted that the proper guidance requires a team of doctors and specialists, but just knowing that they have a list of options is likely to be very helpful to patients.
Those considering breast reconstruction should be aware of their options as well as any potential risks associated with the procedure. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery suggests that patients discuss at length any potential complications of cosmetic procedures, as well as the details of the recovery process, with their surgeon.
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