We found 4 providers matching breast reconstruction and who accept Blue Shield PPO near Santa Cruz, CA.
Dr. Scott Imahara's medical specialty is plastic surgery and hand surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Imahara average 5.0 stars out of 5. He is especially interested in plastic surgery procedures, hand surgery procedures, and reconstructive surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. Dr. Imahara welcomes new patients. He is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Imahara completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Dr. Imahara speaks Spanish.
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Dr. Randall Nacamuli is a plastic surgery specialist. He studied medicine at Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Nacamuli's clinical interests include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Nacamuli is affiliated with Dominican Hospital.
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Dr. Suzanne Kerley is a plastic surgery and hand surgery specialist in Santa Cruz, CA and Soquel, CA. She has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. These areas are among her clinical interests: eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Dr. Kerley is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Kerley's office for an appointment.
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Dr. Marie Pletsch is a plastic surgery specialist. Dr. Pletsch's clinical interests include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. She honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine.
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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.