We found 4 providers matching breast reconstruction and who accept Humana Catastrophic HMO near Tucson, AZ.

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Dr. Christopher Thomas Maloney Jr., MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Cardiac Surgery
3170 N Swan Road
Tucson, AZ
 

Dr. Christopher Maloney's medical specialty is plastic surgery and cardiac surgery. Dr. Maloney graduated from New York Medical College and Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and then he performed his residency at Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Clinical interests for Dr. Maloney include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , TRAM flap breast reconstruction, breast reconstruction

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Dermabrasion, Botulinum Toxin Injection, Breast Augmentation, Microsurgery, Laser ... (Read more)

Dr. Armando J Alfaro Jr., MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery
2304 N. Rosemont Drive
Tucson, AZ
 

Dr. Armando Alfaro practices plastic surgery and hand surgery in Tucson, AZ. He is conversant in Spanish. These areas are among Dr. Alfaro's clinical interests: eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, Tucson Medical Center, and St. Mary's Hospital. Dr. Alfaro is a graduate of the University of Arizona College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Alfaro trained at Strong Memorial Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Patient ratings for Dr. Alfaro average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Alfaro is in-network for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , TRAM flap breast reconstruction, breast reconstruction

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Body Contouring, Botulinum Toxin Injection, Breast Augmentation, Microsurgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Arun Jay Rao, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
5170 E Glenn Street; Suite 100
Tucson, AZ
 

Dr. Arun Rao specializes in plastic surgery. His average patient rating is 5.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Dr. Rao accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Rao obtained his medical school training at Central University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and performed his residency at Michigan State University Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies. He speaks Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , free flap breast reconstruction, TRAM flap breast reconstruction, breast reconstruction

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Botulinum Toxin Injection, Breast Augmentation, Laser Resurfacing, Nose Surgery, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Surgical Oncology
6320 N Lacolla Boulevard; Suite 340
Tucson, AZ
 

Dr. Grace Hou is a Tucson, AZ physician who specializes in surgical oncology (cancer surgery). She has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Hou takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and the University of Arizona College of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Arizona.

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2013 Procedure Details

  • Medicare Volume: 46
  • Uninsured Cost: $1,500
  • Medicare Cost: $1,381

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What is Breast Reconstruction?

Breast reconstruction is surgery to restore the appearance of the breast, usually after a mastectomy. The choice of how to proceed after the removal of a breast is a deeply personal one, with some women opting to wear a prosthetic form in a bra, and others choosing to embrace their new breastless form as a reminder of their strength and survival. Those options are perfectly acceptable, but many women feel most comfortable with their missing breast tissue surgically replaced. Breast reconstruction can be part of a patient’s return to normal after experiencing breast cancer.

There are a few different methods used to create the round shape of the breast on the chest. A flap of fat, skin, and muscle can be taken from the side, abdomen or buttock and implanted on the chest to create a breast from the patient’s own tissue. Alternatively, the skin over the chest may be gradually stretched to allow for the placement of an implant. Stretching of the skin is done using expanders, which are similar to breast implants, except they increase in size when saltwater solution is injected into them. Many women also choose to combine the flap procedure with implant placement to achieve their desired result. Once the new breast shape is formed, a nipple can be created and even tattooed to match the other side.

Reconstruction may be done in a single surgery or broken up into multiple procedures:

  • Immediate reconstruction rebuilds the breast right after mastectomy. This method is not recommended if additional chemotherapy or radiation is needed after surgery.
  • Delayed reconstruction occurs after chemotherapy or radiation has been given. These treatments may decrease the volume or alter the color of the reconstructed breast, so they should be completed before the breast is rebuilt. This type of reconstruction may happen weeks, months, or even years after mastectomy.
  • Staged reconstruction splits the reconstructive process into two parts. The first part inserts temporary expanders to stretch the skin and is done immediately after breast removal surgery. The second part replaces the expanders with implants after chemotherapy or radiation treatments have been given.
Breast reconstruction is not perfect. The two breasts may not always look exactly identical, although they will be close. There may be small scars, and a loss of sensation in the reconstructed breast. A reconstructed breast will not produce milk, so you may have trouble breastfeeding. Still, reconstruction is a great option for women who want that part of their appearance back.