Breast Reconstruction Cost

Breast Reconstruction in Sydney

What is the cost for a breast reconstruction in Sydney?

Like all surgical procedures, a breast reconstruction in Sydney is a complex procedure involving care by multiple different medical professionals, as well as the use of hospital operating facilities and a variety of equipment and supplies. That means there are a few different elements to take into consideration when billing for a Breast Reconstruction Operation. The total fees for a breast reconstruction in Sydney include:

•    The Surgeon’s Fee (+/- Assistant’s fee)
•    The Anaesthetist’s Fee
•    The Hospital/Facility Fee (includes both the Theatre & Accommodation Fees)
•    Post operative garments (Surgical Bra)

For reconstructive procedures, we charge the fees recommended by the Australian Medical Association.

The total fees for breast reconstruction can vary somewhat between patients, depending on the exact procedures chosen, the patient’s other medical needs, and similar factors. However, we can give an estimate for the total cost. When you visit your Specialist Plastic Surgeon in Sydney for your consultation, you will receive a more detailed and personalised estimate of what the costs will be for your breast reconstruction.

Estimated total cost for a breast reconstruction in Sydney

The cost of breast reconstruction in Sydney is approximately :-

Microsurgical breast reconstruction using body fat (TRAM): from $9 000* out of pocket with top private health insurance cover

Breast implant reconstruction with muscle flap coverage: from $7 000* out of pocket with top private health insurance cover

Tissue expansion reconstruction***: from $8 500* (two surgeries) out of pocket with top private health insurance cover

The facility fees vary from place to place and over time, and this can affect your overall costs for the procedure. We are aware that finances are a significant consideration for many patients, and we do our best to keep your costs as low as possible. We are vigilant in watching for options that will save our patients money.

However, we will never compromise results or safety to save money. Doing so would go against our ethics, and it would also end up costing more in the end, because additional procedures would be needed to fix the problems created. It’s worth paying the cost for a safe procedure that delivers the results you’re looking for, rather than cutting corners.

Keep in mind that the above cost is only an estimate. Your costs could be higher, and will depend on whether or not you have private health insurance and which type of insurance. Dr Sandercoe cannot predict your exact costs for your breast reconstruction in Sydney without examining you and determining your personal situation. To get a more personalised cost estimate for your breast reconstruction, a consultation with your Specialist Plastic Surgeon is necessary.

*Prices effective as of September 2014 and includes one breast.

**Depending on your choice of implants or expanders, your health fund may not completely cover these costs. It is strongly suggested that you check with your health fund which implant costs they will cover for your breast reconstruction in Sydney.

*** This fee includes the cost of inserting the tissue expander, all the follow up consultations for tissue expansion, the exchange of the expander for a ‘normal’ anatomical silicone prosthesis and aftercare of that operation.

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