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We found 5 providers matching breast reconstruction and who accept United Healthcare Navigate near Erie, PA.

Dr. Laura Mae Figura, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
300 State Street; Suite 302
Erie, PA
 

Dr. Laura Figura is a plastic surgery specialist. Her clinical interests include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Dr. Figura is affiliated with UPMC Hamot. She is a graduate of Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Figura trained at Ohio State University Medical Center for residency. The average patient rating for Dr. Figura is 5.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry.

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Relevant Interests: , TRAM flap breast reconstruction, breast reconstruction

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

Dr. David Alan Femovich, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
2564 W. 12th Street
Erie, PA
 

Dr. David Femovich is a specialist in plastic surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Femovich is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Femovich studied medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with Tulane University for residency. He is affiliated with UPMC Northwest.

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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, Nose ... (Read more)

Dr. Gerald Dion Garcia, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery, Other
4355 Peach Street
Erie, PA
 

Dr. Gerald Garcia is a plastic surgeon in Erie, PA. Clinical interests for Dr. Garcia include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. Dr. Garcia is professionally affiliated with UPMC Hamot. He is a graduate of Penn State College of Medicine and a graduate of Penn State Hershey Medical Center's residency program. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Microsurgery, Down Syndrome, Hair Transplant, ... (Read more)

Dr. Gunnar Ernst Olof Bergqvist, MD
Specializes in General Surgery, Head & Neck Plastic Surgery
Bayfront Office Building 1; 410 Cranberry, Suite 310
Erie, PA
 

Dr. Gunnar Bergqvist is a medical specialist in general surgery and head & neck plastic surgery. His clinical interests include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. He attended medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Bergqvist's average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Bergqvist is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and United Healthcare POS, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

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

Dr. Steven John Heaney, MD
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
510 Cranberry Street; Building 2, Suite 240
Erie, PA
 

Dr. Steven Heaney is a plastic surgery specialist. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Heaney's areas of expertise include eyelid surgery, thigh lift, and general reconstruction. He is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, Coventry, and more. Dr. Heaney graduated from SUNY Upstate Medical University.

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Relevant Interests: , TRAM flap breast reconstruction, breast reconstruction

All Interests: Eyelid Surgery, Dermabrasion, Breast Augmentation, Microsurgery, Down Syndrome, Hair Transplant, ... (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.