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Question from CB: Have any of your patients experienced trouble from their insurance company over which kind of tissue reconstruction is done, such as not wanting to pay for a procedure that is longer, and I assume, more expensive?
Answers - Maurice Nahabedian That has been an issue for a couple of my patients. Most insurance companies are willing to pay for whatever type of reconstruction is desired. However, there have been some instances where coverage is denied for these microvascular procedures on the grounds that there are surgeons within their particular plan that may be capable of providing the conventional reconstructive options, such as the pedicled TRAM or implants.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Breast Reconstruction featured Maurice Nahabedian, M.D. and Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about different techniques in breast reconstruction, the pros and cons of implants and body tissue transfers, when you might want to reconstruct, and many more issues related to rebuilding your breast/s after breast cancer surgery.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in November 2003.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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