This is a question I am repeatedly asked. The easy answer is "they should". However, some women have experienced difficulties with their insurance companies in terms of getting their DIEP breast reconstruction covered. Women must also be aware of "balance billing".
The good news is that there are a handful of plastic surgeons across the country that do routinely offer these advanced procedures and many of them accept insurance. Unfortunately most women will have to travel to gain access to them. We have posted an article on our website about finding a DIEP flap surgeon near you and which questions to ask.
Our group, Plastic, Reconstructive & Microsurgical Associates (PRMA) is located in San Antonio, Texas. We perform over 350 DIEP breast reconstructions per year, the vast majority of which are covered by insurance. We are in-network for most major US insurance plans and do not balance bill. We have insurance specialists on staff so our patients typically do not need to worry about the insurance side of things themselves.
Answers to more DIEP insurance FAQs can be found here.
Answers to more general DIEP flap FAQ's can be found here.
Dr Chrysopoulo, board certified plastic surgeon, PRMA Plastic Surgery, San Antonio, TX. Specializing in breast reconstruction surgery after mastectomy for breast cancer. Over 350 DIEP flaps performed yearly. In-network for most US insurance plans. Toll Free (800) 692-5565. www.prma-Enhance.com. Latest breast reconstruction news available at The Breast Cancer Reconstruction Blog.