Breast reduction: risks and costs

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Breast reduction: risks and costs

Reimbursement by the health insurance

The amount of the costs incurred for a breast reduction depends primarily on how much tissue needs to be removed from the breast. After a detailed interview and the assessment of the chest, the physician will create a cost estimate. In General, the cost for a breast reduction in Germany between 4500 and 7000 euros. These prices are only indicative and the exact cost can only be by the attending physician.

Whether a breast reduction is a reimbursement by the health insurance or not, always depends on the circumstances of the OP. The Operation is considered to be medically necessary, are covered by health insurance in General, the cost of the procedure, or pays at least a grant. In the case of a purely optical reasons, the desired breast lift no assumption of costs is made by the insurance company.

Breast reduction surgery must be medically necessary

The treating physician must decide in each individual case whether a breast reduction is considered medically necessary, or not. In a report, he must justify whether the Operation is a disease to be cured, or prevented, alleviated. So the chest will be paid for reductions, often by the health insurance, if it is determined that due to the weight of the Breasts, the back or the neck will be severely degraded.

Partially reimbursed by the insurer, a certificate from the doctor is for a cost is necessary, that the symptoms have not improved, in spite of alternative therapies such as physiotherapy.

Risks of General anesthesia

A breast reduction is performed under General anaesthesia and therefore entails the same risks as any other surgery. These risks include:

  • Disorders of the cardiovascular system
  • Breathing problems
  • Reflux of gastric contents into the trachea
  • Irritation of the throat with cough and hoarseness from the breathing tube
  • Damage to the front teeth while breathing
  • Nausea and vomiting after surgery
  • Allergic Reactions

After the surgery, you may also experience problems with wound healing, which may have a wider scar, as well as to an increased risk of thrombosis.

Risks of a breast reduction

In addition to these General risks of a surgery under General anesthesia, a breast reduction but also poses some specific risks can occur after the surgery, a local inflammation in the breast. Also at the end of redness, bruising and swelling of the treated areas lasting are possible in individual cases, it can take several months until it subsided. Numbness, caused by the separation of the finest nerve, disappear with time, usually by itself.

It also can happen after a breast reduction, the breast-ability is affected. Are you planning to get in the next time so a child, you should think about to lay the breast reduction at a later date. In very rare cases, it can. in addition, persistent numbness as well as loss of the nipple This is the case, if the nipple is transplanted during the SURGERY completely, then from the body, but will not be accepted.

In order not to jeopardize a smooth SURGERY and a smooth healing process, should be avoided for some time before and after the treatment of alcohol, nicotine, and blood-thinning medicines, such as acetylsalicylic acid.

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