Even the most experienced plastic surgeon can’t explain all the nuances of a breast reconstruction procedure or recovery in a single appointment. That’s why it’s a good idea to learn as much as you can on your own (The Breast Reconstruction Guidebook will help!). Then make a list of the questions you would most like to have answered during the consultation.
Remember that plastic surgeons often approach breast reconstruction differently, even with the same procedure. So, you may get different answers to the same questions. Some of the most important questions to ask are:
Asking the right questions and listening to the surgeon's answers are most important during a consultation. You might want to bring a tape recorder or a friend or family member along to help you correctly remember all the information. If you're seeing more than one plastic surgeon for a consultation--it's best to see two or three--consider making up a chart of your questions that you can quickly jot down the answers while in the surgeon's office.