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We found 4 providers matching breast reconstruction and who accept Cigna near Hartford, CT.

Dr. Alex Charles Cech, MD
Specializes in Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
330 Western Boulevard; 2nd Floor
Glastonbury, CT
 

Dr. Alex Cech specializes in head & neck plastic surgery. He studied medicine at Duke University School of Medicine. He has received a 2.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Cech honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, he speaks German. He is professionally affiliated with Hartford Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , breast reconstruction

All Interests: Body Contouring, Rhinoplasty, Facial Problems, Facial Surgery, Breast Reconstruction, Breast ... (Read more)

Dr. David Martin Bass, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery, Other
85 Seymour Street; Suite 718
Hartford, CT
 

Dr. David Bass, who practices in Hartford, CT, Avon, CT, and Glastonbury, CT, is a medical specialist in plastic surgery and hand surgery. His areas of expertise include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Patient ratings for Dr. Bass average 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at Boston Medical Center and Albany Medical Center, Dr. Bass attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Eastern Connecticut Health Network and Hartford Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , TRAM flap breast reconstruction, breast reconstruction

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Dermabrasion, Rhinoplasty, Breast Augmentation, Down Syndrome, Nose Surgery, Breast ... (Read more)

Dr. Orlando Delucia, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
85 Seymour Street; Suite 415
Hartford, CT
 

Dr. Orlando Delucia specializes in plastic surgery and practices in Farmington, CT, Glastonbury, CT, and Hartford, CT. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Dr. Delucia is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, and more. He graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Delucia (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Italian. Dr. Delucia is professionally affiliated with Hartford Hospital.

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

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

Dr. Elise Kathleen Gates, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology
85 Seymour Street; Suite 415
Hartford, CT
 

Dr. Elise Gates is a specialist in general surgery and surgical oncology (cancer surgery). Her areas of expertise include breast surgery. Dr. Gates accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from Drexel University College of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Baystate Medical Center. Dr. Gates is professionally affiliated with Hartford Hospital. She welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , oncoplastic breast surgery

All Interests: Breast Surgery, Ultrasound, Breast Core Needle Biopsy, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Breast Cancer, ... (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.