Breast Cancer Reconstruction in Washington DC
As a cancer survivor, you have persevered through difficult times, from cancer surgery to chemotherapy and radiation. Restoring your body back to whole, and looking better than how you started, is the “silver lining” of breast cancer care and Dr. Rad’s focus towards that goal is you. Dr. Rad is experienced in the full range of breast reconstructive surgeries, from implants to flap procedures including microvascular “perforator flap” techniques such as the DIEP flap, TUG flap SGAP “Love Handle” flap, and TDAP flap. As a member of the plastic surgery faculty at Johns Hopkins since 2009, Dr. Rad pioneered the most technically difficult operations such as the “Gluteal Artery Perforator” (GAP) flap, aka “Love Handle” flap for which he and his colleagues published the first clinical series. Dr. Rad is the only surgeon in the Washington DC and northern Virginia areas offering the SGAP “Love Handle” technique.
When it comes to breast cancer reconstruction the most advanced surgical approaches are not the only aspect of world class care. Patients’ comfort before and after surgery are of equal importance and Dr. Rad’s approach to recovery follows the most advanced “Enhanced Recovery After Surgery” (ERAS) protocols developed by anesthesiologists. Combined with his state-of-the-art surgical techniques Dr. Rad’s patients are able to return to their lives feeling whole again.
WHAT IS THE COST OF RECONSTRUCTION? Many patients wish to anticipate their personal financial responsibility when planning for surgery. First, keep in mind that you have the right to insurance coverage of reconstruction by the 1998 Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act. This includes coverage for surgery on your affected breast as well as your other normal breast for symmetry. We use a proven 3-step process:
1. We take the necessary steps to maximize insurance coverage for your surgery. We will request insurance “prior authorization” for your surgery. This is an agreement from your insurance company to cover the costs of surgery. We will do everything in our power to obtain your insurance company’s prior authorization before surgery.
2. We are your ally! Dr. Rad and his team work with a professional billing service to ensure your insurance company agrees to cover the cost of surgery.
3. We don’t give in! Even with prior authorization some insurance companies push back on total coverage. We work with other professionals in the legal sphere to convince your insurance company that full coverage is required.
Hundreds of patients have enjoyed top flight results under Dr. Rad’s care, and we will be happy to answer your questions. Call us at 202.517.7299 and ask for Zoe.
BEFORE + AFTER
Dr. Rad offers the full array of breast reconstruction to his patients including microsurgery procedures (DIEP Flap and LSGAP Love Handle Flap), the most advanced tissue reconstruction operations which less than 5% of plastic surgeons in the greater DC and Northern VA area are capable of performing.
Photos are of patients who have given explicit written agreement to have them displayed. For patient privacy reasons, the majority of Dr. Rad’s patients prefer their before/after photos to remain off-line. However, Dr. Rad will be happy to show you, in the setting of a confidential consultation, a series of before/after photos, not displayed here, to address your specific concerns.
*SHERBER+RAD cannot guarantee specific results. Individual results may vary.
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