Breast reconstruction

Surgical procedures
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The report presents a summary of reimbursement situation for breast reconstruction after unilateral total mastectomy for breast cancer in European countries.

Sample pages are provided for an older version of the report. Before delivery to the client, the report is updated to the current state (e.g., 2022 coding, tariffs, and policy considerations). 

The following types of breast reconstruction will be considered:

  • with autologous tissue (myocutaneous flap of latissimus dorsi muscle, superior gluteal artery perforator flap, transverse rectus abdominis myocutaneous flap);
  • with the use of implant.

The only reimbursement within public / statutory health insurance systems is considered.

Report includes essential information about reimbursement and national funding, including:

  • Brief overview of reimbursement system for medical devices
  • Procedure coding for technology
  • Diagnosis coding
  • Payment mechanism for technology
  • Reimbursement tariffs for technology
  • Restrictions in indications or scenarios for use of technology
  • Policy considerations by payers and policy-makers about technology

Reimbursement information is provided for the following geographies:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • England (UK)
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland

It is also possible to add analysis in Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Romania, Russia and Turkey.

Manufacturers of devices for breast reconstruction include:

  • Allergan (Natrelle)
  • Baxter (Peri-Guard)
  • Cereplas (Cereform)
  • Establishment Labs S.A (Motiva Implants)
  • Ethicon (Vicryl)
  • GC Aesthetics (Impleo, CoGel, Round Collection, Matrix, Curveo)
  • Guangzhou Wanhe Plastic Materials (Yulambe, Real, Bibo, Snow, Crystal Lambe, Lambe)
  • Hansbiomed (BellGel)
  • Ideal Implant Incorporated
  • Integra (SurgiMend)
  • Laboratoires Arion (Monobloc)
  • Mentor Worldwide (MemoryShape, MemoryGel, Spectrum, Mentor, FlexHD)
  • Novus Scientific (TIGR Matrix)
  • Pfm medical (TiLOOP)
  • POLYTECH Health & Aesthetics (SublimeLine, B-Lite, Microthane, Tissue Expanders - POLYsmoooth, POLYtxt)
  • RTI Surgical Holdings (Fortiva, Tutopatch)
  • Shanghai Kangning Medical Supplies (Round, Anatomical)
  • Sientra (Luxe, Curve)
  • Sofregen (Seri)
  • Stille

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Jan 2023

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