May 16, 2019 10:14AM vlnrph wrote:
I have not had experience with this particular type of situation but would suggest you ensure that the doctor and hospital contact your insurance company in order to obtain prior authorization for any type of 'elective' surgery otherwise you might be held accountable for the entire bill. You should be able to look at your policy on line and see whether exclusions exist or what the parameters for medically necessary procedures are.
With smaller families these days, a deleterious mutation for hereditary breast or ovarian cancer (HBOC) may hide for generations as it is passed through male ancestors which means yours is a reasonable choice. However, risk reducing is probably better terminology than prophylactic/preventive for mastectomy in this case because not all tissue can be removed. So, you still run a very small chance of having a tumor develop.
Hopefully everything will go well and you can rest assured that you did all you could. Is your genetic counselor helping to inform any family members who might also be affected?