For many women, the full or partial loss of a breast due to breast cancer or other medical issues that require a mastectomy can be an extremely traumatic experience. If you are facing the loss of one or both breasts through mastectomy, it's understandable that you are experiencing stress and anxiety. It can be both helpful and reassuring to have experienced professionals on your team who can educate and guide you through the many decisions you need to make. Women considering breast reconstruction in the Glens Falls/Saratoga area appreciate the professional and emotional support they receive from Dr. Singh and his staff.
Dr. Singh takes great pride in being able to help cancer patients through the breast reconstruction process. He works with the General Surgeons in the area often coordinating his surgical schedule with theirs so that patients can have breast reconstruction at the time of their mastectomy. It is generally accepted in the field of plastic surgery that the best surgical results are often achieved when breast reconstruction is scheduled immediately after the full or partial mastectomy.
Although Dr. Singh may not participate with every insurance company, most will authorize Dr. Singh to perform breast reconstruction given the fact that Glens Falls does not have participating providers that perform this type of surgery. In accordance with the Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act (WHCRA) of 1998, Dr. Singh has successfully obtained authorizations for breast reconstruction surgery from Empire Blue Cross, NY State Empire Plan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, MVP, Blue Shield of Northeastern NY, United Healthcare, Aetna, Cigna and Fidelis. Therefore, if you have breast cancer (or a BRCA gene positive diagnosis) that requires a mastectomy and you want Dr. Singh to perform your breast reconstruction, he can help you!
Dr. Singh and his staff will take the time to help you understand the many considerations related to breast reconstruction, including:
- Whether or not you are a good candidate to undergo breast reconstruction
- Whether you should have reconstruction performed at the time of the mastectomy (immediate reconstruction) or at a later date (delayed reconstruction)
- Which breast replacement technique is right for you (implant vs. autologous tissue reconstruction)
For all his patients, including those who simply want to learn about their breast reconstruction options, Dr. Singh provides a private, unhurried consultation. He puts patients at ease with his expert perspective and supportive manner. During this stressful and often confusing time, Dr. Singh makes it a priority to see that your are fully informed about your options as well as the risks and benefits that go along with them.
For more information regarding the types of reconstruction procedures available, the risks and benefits of breast reconstruction and the recovery associated with such procedures, click on the American Society of Plastic Surgeons link at the top of this page.