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Reconstruction Overview

This section outlines the many options available and information about reconstructing breasts following mastectomy.

Reconstruction basics

Breast reconstruction is a surgical procedure to recreate new breasts after mastectomy. There are many reconstruction options, and no one type is perfect for everyone, so it is important to learn about the benefits and limitations of each alternative before making a decision. Reconstruction is personal decision; some women prefer to remain “flat” after mastectomy. There are laws that require most health insurance companies to cover the cost for reconstruction. 

FORCE recommends The Breast Reconstruction Guidebook by Kathy Steligo, an outstanding resource that will help you understand all of your post-mastectomy options and make informed decisions. FORCE's post-mastectomy photo gallery includes pictures submitted by members. 





Updated 04/20/2018

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