Ask the Doctor- Will this be a bloodless surgery?

This week, James E. Craigie, MD, of The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction answers your question.

Question: I had a prophylactic double mastectomy 9 years ago. I am BRCA 1 positive and have lost several family members to both breast and ovarian cancer. I would like to have my silicone implants removed and have the DIEP surgery. However, I don’t know if my insurance will cover this procedure and how being out of state will affect the payment of it if it is covered.

Also, I am one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and I wanted to verify the surgical team is okay with performing bloodless surgery. Maybe this surgery is designed to be bloodless but I wanted to make sure everyone is comfortable with working on Witness patients.

AnswerThank you for your question. Yes we frequently help women who have problems with their implant breast reconstruction. If you feel like you have extra tummy tissue there is a very good chance that removing the implants repairing the chest muscle and rebuilding the breasts with the DIEP procedure would be our recommendation.

I am very familiar with the Jehovah witness faith regarding surgery and blood products. I have quite a few patients and would be glad to discuss this with you. Let me know if you have more questions or if you would like to arrange a time to discuss your situation.

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