We found 5 providers matching breast reconstruction and who accept Blue Shield HMO near Rancho Mirage, CA.

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Dr. Mark Vincent Sofonio, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
39000 Bob Hope Drive, Kiewit Building; Suite 407
Rancho Mirage, CA
 

Dr. Mark Sofonio's area of specialization is plastic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Sofonio include eyelid surgery, dermabrasion, and mini tummy tuck. He is affiliated with Eisenhower Medical Center. He attended medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Sofonio's training includes residency programs at a hospital affiliated with the University of Hawaii at Manoa, a hospital affiliated with New York Medical College, and a hospital affiliated with The University of Toledo. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Sofonio's office for an appointment.

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

All Interests: Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Labiaplasty, Down Syndrome, Endoscopic Surgery, Pec Implants, ... (Read more)

Dr. Suzanne Marie Quardt, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
70-017 Highway 111; Suite 1
Rancho Mirage, CA
 

Dr. Suzanne Quardt works as a plastic surgeon in Downey, CA and Rancho Mirage, CA. She is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. These areas are among her clinical interests: eyelid surgery, mini tummy tuck, and botox injection. Dr. Quardt is affiliated with Eisenhower Medical Center. Dr. Quardt is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. She has an open panel. Before completing her residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, Dr. Quardt attended medical school at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. She has received distinctions including Southern California Super Doctors and RealSelf Top Doctor. She is conversant in Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , TRAM flap breast reconstruction, breast reconstruction

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Mini Tummy Tuck, Botox Injection, Botulinum Toxin Injection, Rhinoplasty, Breast ... (Read more)

Dr. Ritu R Chopra, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
71949 Highway 111; Suite 300
Rancho Mirage, CA
 

Dr. Ritu Chopra practices plastic surgery in Beverly Hills, CA and Rancho Mirage, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Chopra include eyelid surgery, dermabrasion, and mini tummy tuck. Dr. Chopra is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He accepts the following insurance: Blue Shield and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. After completing medical school at Boston University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Chopra include: Southern California Super Doctors and Top Doctor Vitals, Professional Recognition: Alpha Omega Alpha. He is affiliated with Eisenhower Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , TRAM flap breast reconstruction, breast reconstruction

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Dermabrasion, Mini Tummy Tuck, Septoplasty, Botox Injection, Botulinum Toxin ... (Read more)

Dr. Andrew John Haidukewych, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
39000 Bob Hope Drive; Suite K206
Rancho Mirage, CA
 

Dr. Andrew Hayduke is a specialist in plastic surgery. He works in Rancho Mirage, CA and Beverly Hills, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Hayduke include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. He is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, Dr. Hayduke attended Wayne State University School of Medicine. He is affiliated with Eisenhower Medical Center. He is accepting new patients.

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

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

Dr. Judith B Zacher, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Wound Care
43585 Monterey Avenue; Suite 7
Palm Desert, CA
 

Dr. Judith Zacher's specialties are plastic surgery and wound care. She practices in Palm Desert, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Zacher include eyelid surgery, general reconstruction, and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Zacher honors. Dr. Zacher attended medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Zacher completed her residency training at Mount Carmel Health System and Ohio State University Medical Center. She is affiliated with Eisenhower Medical Center. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , TRAM flap breast reconstruction, breast reconstruction

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Nose Surgery, Breast Reduction, Injectable ... (Read more)

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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.

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