Breast Reconstruction Surgery in Spain

About Breast Reconstruction Surgery

Breast reconstruction surgery is a surgical procedure done to restore the size, shape, volume, and contour of the breast as before. This surgery is conducted by an experienced plastic or aesthetic surgeon.

The surgery makes use of breast implants or a flap of skin and fat from the back, stomach, or thigh area to give appropriate volume to the breasts.

Ideal Candidates for Breast Reconstruction Surgery

Breast reconstruction surgery is more used concerning women who under mastectomy or lumpectomy as a part of breast cancer treatment. It can also be done in the case of women who have suffered extensive burns of the breast skin during an accident.

The following women are considered to be a good candidate for breast reconstruction surgery:

  • Those with a positive outlook toward their illness and who are expected to cope well
  • Women with realistic expectations out of reconstruction results and outcome
  • Women who will not have to undergo radiation therapy afterward as a part of treatment
  • Those with no underlying illnesses and those expected to recover well after the surgery

Breast Reconstruction Surgery Cost

Breast reconstruction surgery cost may vary from $3000 to $7500 or even more, depending on several factors. Each country has different pricing for implants and therefore, the procedure. The cost also varies based on the surgeon’s experience and expertise, the technique, and the duration of hospital stay required.

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About the Breast Reconstruction Surgery

About Breast Reconstruction Surgery

Breast reconstruction surgery is a cosmetic reconstructive procedure to restore the normal shape, size, contour, and appearance of the breast as much as possible in women who have had breast surgery done as a part of breast cancer treatment. It is also performed on women who may have damaged breast tissue during a burn accident.

Breast reconstruction is different from a cosmetic procedure on breast such as augmentation or reduction in a way that the former involves greater planning and is done to restore the confidence of the woman battling a condition.

There are different ways by which breast reconstruction may be conducted. The surgeon may decide to use silicone implants or flap of skin, fat, or muscles from the back, thighs, or arm to create the tissue. Most often, a combination of these approaches is used to reconstruct the breasts after mastectomy or lumpectomy.

When is Breast Reconstruction Surgery Required?

Breast reconstruction is mostly required by women after they have had surgery done to completely or partially remove the breast tissue as a part of their cancer treatment.

The reconstruction can be done immediately after the breast cancer surgery, after the completion of complete chemotherapy and radiotherapy, or even years later after completion of breast cancer treatment.

If the woman is scheduled to undergo radiation therapy after breast cancer surgery, the best is to wait until the end of cancer treatment before breast reconstruction is done. If only chemotherapy is advised after the surgery, then reconstruction can be performed immediately after the breast cancer surgery.

It is totally up to the wish of the woman and how confident she is about getting the surgery done and restoring the appearance of the breasts as much as possible. At the same time, it is important to set realistic expectations out of the procedure and to know that the reconstructed breasts may not be the same as original breasts before breast cancer surgery.

How is Breast Reconstruction Surgery performed?

Recovery from Breast Reconstruction Surgery

The hospital stay after breast reconstruction surgery typically lasts for about 2 to 3 days. Drainage is in place to collect the fluid that may accumulate at the surgical site. It continues to remain in place even after discharge and removed after 8 to 10 days of the surgery.

The stitches removal typically takes place after 10 to 14 days of the surgery. The implants and tissue may take between a few weeks to months to settle completely and therefore, the final results of the surgery in terms of the appearance of the breast can only be assessed after that. Therefore, women are expected to wait patiently for a few months after the reconstructive procedure to see the actual results.

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What is the cost of Breast Reconstruction Surgery in Spain?

Breast Reconstruction is quite a famous surgery, which is done for breast enlargement, reduction, firming, or even after mastectomy. The price of Breast Reconstruction may range from $3200 to $15400 in Spain. This is much lesser when compared to other the price ranges of other countries.

What are the factors affecting the cost of Breast Reconstruction Surgery in Spain?

Factors that keep on affecting the cost of any plastic surgery in Spain are more or less the same. For breast reconstruction the factors that have little difference are listed below.

  • The hospital charges is the major reason for the rise in the total cost in Breast Reconstruction in Spain.
  • The running room and recovery room fees is an unavoidable cost that keeps on incurring during the course of the whole surgery. If you choose better running room and recovery room the cost will rise and vice versa.
  • The whole task is not the work of one surgeon but a group of physician works out the whole surgery. The group consists surgeons, anaesthetist, dietician, etc. adds on to the cost.
  • The cost that rises after the surgery affects the overall cost. This include dressing, hormonal injections, post-surgery care and maintenance.

Why should you opt for Breast Reconstruction Surgery in Spain?
  • Spain is famous for Breast reconstruction and other plastic surgeries because they have the latest technology in their hand. This trust is pulling most of the foreigners to Spain.
  • Breast reconstruction is cheaper in Spain in comparison to the other countries.
  • As Spain is a tourist destination and a good holiday destination the Hotels have the facility of on and off season. If you book hotels during an off season you can reduce the cost and be economical.

Who are the top plastic surgeons in Spain for Breast Reconstruction Surgery?

Doctor Jesús Benito Ruiz the best plastic surgeon in the world is available in Spain. Vincente Paolma, Javier Herrero Jover, Alexandro Martinez are among other doctors who are available in Spain and are specialist in plastic surgery and breast reconstruction.

How to choose the right hospital or clinic for Breast Reconstruction Surgery in Spain?
  • The surgeon you chose must be associated with the hospital of your choice. You can also consult the surgeon for a better hospital according to his comfort.
  • Infrastructural facility and insurance facility helps a lot in any surgery, so that needs to be kept in mind.
  • Check for enough emergency facilities and also the distance of the hospital from your hotel, as conveyance becomes easy.
  • Check past history of the hospital and its success rates in these types of surgeries.
  • Check if you have enough strength of economy to sustain the surgery under the selected hospital.
How to get done the process for Breast Reconstruction Surgery in Spain?

Plastic surgery is risky sometimes and especially if it is a surgery like Breast reconstruction.

  • Research- The most important and the basic step to follow is research to be aware of the changes that will follow
  • Surgeon- Look for an experienced and a renowned and a practicing surgeon to take you through the process
  • Meeting- Programming and conducting an elaborate meeting helps to clear doubt  regarding the surgery and see if it is really necessary for you to get this done
  • Discussion- Talk about your medical history and see if the surgery is safe for you.

After all these you would be good to go in for the surgery and that is how you get your breast reconstruction done in Spain. If all are done correctly it is safe.

What is the health care infrastructure of Spain / Why should opt for Spain as a destination for your medical treatment?
Spain has a uni payer healthcare system. This means that there is universal coverage for most of the expenses (excluding prescription drugs). One might have to wait for quite some time to avail of elective procedure treatment in Spain. Non-European travelers must have valid health insurance coverage to benefit from the hospitals in Spain. One can also avail of it on a residency visa. The private insurance system helps you to avail the benefits at monthly costs. The taxes in Spain are comparatively lower than those of other European countries. Hence, one can surely opt for this country for medical treatment.
What are the conditions of the hospitals in Spain? Are they JCI certified? What is the quality of the support staff in the hospitals?
The Joint Commission International (JCI) is a global leader in health care accreditation. JCI accreditation is considered a gold standard in worldwide health care. It provides the most skilled and experienced healthcare professionals in the medical industry, as evaluators of the rigorous international standards in healthcare quality and patient safety. Here are a few JCI certified hospitals in Spain :
  • Vithas Xanit International Hospital
  • Grupo Hospitalario Quirónsalud
  • Centro Médico Quironsalud Teknon
  • Hospital General de Catalunya
  • Instituto de Microcirugía Ocular (IMO Barcelona)
  • Sanitas Hospitales
  • Guttmann Institute
  • Instituto Balear de Oftalmología (IBO)
Are the doctors/surgeons in Spain of the best quality?
The hospitals in Spain are based on “el sistema national de salud” which provides high-quality care and medical centres, that is, “centros de salud”. This system has public and private healthcare systems, often within the same level. Since many countries send ex-pats here, one can even find an English speaking doctor very easily. Most doctors are adequately skilled and can handle the cases.
What is the process for obtaining a medical visa in Spain?
One has to apply for a Schengen Visa to gain entry into Spain for a medical purpose. The required documents when applying for a Schengen Visa for Medical Treatment are as follows:
  1. Visa application form.
  2. Two photos.
  3. Valid travel document/passport.
  4. A copy of your passport's data page.
  5. Roundtrip flight reservation.
  6. Travel Medical Insurance.
  7. Proof of accommodation
What support services does MediGence provide in Spain?
MediGence has been praised on a global scale for the list of services they provide. Apart from the listed services, the staff and the guides are adorned for their customer interaction, impromptu assistance, and various other assistance related guidance throughout the tour. Thus, the list of services provided by MediGence are:
  • Insurance query related guidance
  • In-detail guidance till completion of the medical tour
  • Visa Assistance
  • Free airport to hospital transfer
  • On-Ground Support
  • Teleconsultations
  • Accommodations Assistance
  • Rehabilitation and recovery services
Which are the best cities in Spain for medical treatment?
Spain has many cities like Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, and Pamplona that have some of the best hospitals in Spain. Madrid has good hospitals for general and reproductive health facilities. Barcelona has hospitals specializing in child healthcare.

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