Women who have lost one or both breasts to cancer or other disease may decide to have breast reconstructive surgery. Under some circumstances, immediate reconstruction can be performed.

Breast reconstruction involves restoring the breast to its normal shape and size with implants, autologous tissue (tissue from your own body), or a combination of both. Nipple reconstruction can be performed at a later time.

NOTE: It is always recommended to check with your insurance provider in advance. Winona Health’s business office specialists can work with you and your insurance company to determine insurance coverage.

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Reconstruction related to cancer — either on the cancer side or the non-cancer side—is covered by insurance. This includes: reconstruction after mastectomy; a breast lift to match the reconstructed side; or mastectomy with reconstruction for symmetry with the unaffected breast. Reconstruction for purely cosmetic reasons is not covered by insurance, but those procedures are also done at Winona Health.
Yes. A lumpectomy with radiation may lead to a breast change that can be corrected with liposuction of the abdomen through transfer of the adipose (fat) to the breast. This procedure is also covered by insurance.
It’s never too late. Breast reconstruction may be done immediately after mastectomy or delayed. If you have had a mastectomy, you can consider reconstruction at any time, and it would still be covered by your insurance.