Question checklist

You may find this checklist helpful when thinking about the questions you want to ask your health care team about getting a breast reconstruction. If you don’t understand the answers from the surgeon, it is okay to ask for clarification.

  • Do you think I can have a reconstruction?
  • When would you advise me to have the reconstruction?
  • Which type of reconstruction do you recommend for me, and why?
  • What are the possible problems with this type of reconstruction?
  • How long will I have to wait to have the procedure?
  • How long will I be in hospital and how long will my recovery be?
  • How much will it cost? Am I covered by Medicare or my private health fund?
  • How will the reconstructed breast look and feel?
  • Do you have any photos of other women who have had this type of reconstruction?
  • Can I talk to other women who have had a similar operation?
  • Will the reconstruction hide any new problems? Do I still need regular mammograms?
  • How can I get a second opinion?
Breast Cancer Network Australia has a number of personal stories about breast reconstruction. Read them now.

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