Plastic vs. Cosmetic vs. Reconstructive
Medically Necessary Reconstructive Surgeries
- • Breast reconstruction – This procedure is often completed for a woman that undergoes a mastectomy or someone who needs a breast reduction to prevent chronic medical problems like back pain. Sometimes men undergo breast reconstruction to remove excess breast tissue that might put them at risk for cancer.
- • Foot and hand reconstruction – This category includes surgery to treat carpal tunnel syndrome, webbed toes or fingers and tumor removal.
- • Wound Care and closing – A deep, complex wound often requires reconstructive ladder closing that may include skin grafts, tissue expansion and free flaps.
- • Facial reconstruction – This defines procedures that help restore facial features, correct defects, improving breathing and manage chronic infections like sinus problems.
Who is a Good Candidate for Reconstructive Surgery?
It is up to the surgeon to determine if someone is a good candidate for surgery, but there are factors to consider. Overall health, for example, is critical. The doctor will do a detailed medical history looking for conditions that may complicate healing like diabetes or high blood pressure. Lifestyle choices may affect this decision, too, such as smoking.
In some cases, medical necessity factors into surgery as well. A breast reconstruction can be put off until the patient is stronger, but something like a wound closing has to be done quickly.
Some problems that require reconstructive surgery affect other parts of the body, so that is something the physician takes into account. For instance, someone with a traumatic injury might have impaired mobility without an immediate corrective procedure.
Once the surgery is complete, you will need some recovery time. Extensive procedures might require physical therapy to help you heal and increase your flexibility. Contact us to learn more about medically necessary reconstructive surgery and how it can change your life.
About Mark Jensen, MD
Dr. Jensen, a native to Utah, earned his doctorate of medicine from the Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota, after graduating Cum Laude from Brigham Young University with a B.A. in Russian. He completed his General Surgery residency and then a Plastic Surgery fellowship at the Mayo Clinic. Training under many of the top plastic surgeons in the nation, Dr. Jensen has gained expertise in many areas of reconstructive surgery. He is an American Board of Surgery certified physician as well as a certified member of the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Jensen today!