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Insurance Coverage for DIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction

Our goal at Rowe Plastic Surgery is to create a caring and supportive environment to allow you to be a partner in the decision-making process. We gladly guide patients who are at any step in their journey – whether you are someone who is newly diagnosed with cancer or had prior surgery many years ago, whether you are considering preventative surgery or need surgery to fix a more urgent problem.

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Page Updated on Jul 11, 2022 by Dr. Norman Rowe (Plastic Surgeon) of Rowe Plastic Surgery

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Insurance Coverage for DIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction

Does health insurance cover breast reconstruction?


The Women’s Health and Cancer Right Act, signed in 1998, is a federal law that mandates coverage for breast cancer care.

This includes:

  1. Reconstruction of the breast removed by mastectomy with a breast implant or a DIEP flap. This reconstructive surgery can occur either immediately during the same surgery as the mastectomy or at another time, known as a “delayed” reconstruction.
  2. Reconstruction of the other breast to make the breasts look symmetrical after mastectomy.
  3. Any physical complications at all stages of mastectomy, including lymphedema (fluid build-up in the arm and chest on the side of the surgery).

Does health insurance cover revision of my breast reconstruction, like switching from breast implants to a breast flap?


Any revision procedure related to either the breast with cancer or the opposite side is covered by health insurance. This includes switching one or both sides from a breast implant to a DIEP flap.

Please reach out to us at Rowe Plastic Surgery so we can meet with you – either virtually or in the office – to discuss with you all of your options.

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