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The idea of conserving the natural breast as the default treatment for breast cancer has previously been dismissed due to contour abnormalities associated with larger tumor removal. However, a recently published study of mine examines the more recent theory of “extreme oncoplasty,” or performing a lumpectomy in patients who would normally be considered better candidates for […]

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When women are faced with a breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and breast reconstruction, their friends and family may feel at a loss for what they can do to help. Whether the patient is communicative about her needs or keeps her feelings to herself, loved ones can still find ways to offer their support during this […]

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Women undergoing cancer treatment may be candidates for either a lumpectomy or a mastectomy. Both procedures can be equally effective at treating breast cancer. However, it’s important for patients to understand their different breast reconstruction options after each. Post-Lumpectomy Reconstruction A lumpectomy removes the cancerous tumor from the breast(s) while preserving as much natural breast tissue […]

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3 Benefits of Delayed Breast Reconstruction

Posted on: February 19, 2015

Previously, I discussed some of the benefits of immediate breast reconstruction following a mastectomy. However, delayed reconstruction has its advantages as well. In delayed breast reconstruction, the patient can wait however long she wants before undergoing reconstruction surgery. While many of my patients choose immediate reconstruction, others prefer to wait until they feel the time […]

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Breast reconstruction either in conjunction with or following breast cancer treatment can be a challenging time. For many women, breast reconstruction is a critical step in moving on from their illness from an emotional perspective as well addressing concerns over physical appearance. When breast cancer patients are provided with high-caliber, coordinated care throughout their diagnosis, […]

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As modern treatments of breast cancer become increasingly focused on conservation of as much natural breast tissue as possible, more women than ever now opt for a lumpectomy when available as an option in treating their illness. In my practice, I focus on an oncoplastic approach to breast reconstruction, which combines a full and effective cancer […]

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3 Benefits of Immediate Breast Reconstruction

Posted on: January 13, 2015

Breast reconstruction can be a personal and emotional experience for any woman. When choosing when to plan for breast reconstruction, patients should be made fully aware of their options and what each approach entails. These days, many women prefer immediate breast reconstruction rather than delayed reconstruction. While there are distinct benefits to either option, here are […]

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In nearly all cases of implant-based breast reconstruction surgery, I use a tissue expander to prepare the breast for reconstruction. Tissue expanders allow the skin to stretch gradually until able to comfortably accommodate an implant. Expanders are placed under the pectoralis muscle, and traditionally, are filled with saline solution. New developments in tissue expanding technology […]

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When thinking about breast reconstruction, the number one concern for the majority of my patients is how real their reconstructed breast will feel and look. Today’s advanced surgical techniques and superior breast implants mean better breast reconstruction results than ever, but here are a few ways that you can ensure a more natural-looking reconstructed breast. […]

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Breast cancer treatment and reconstructive breast surgery are often viewed as two completely separate entities. However, effectively coordinating these two essential aspects of your health and recovery can mean better breast reconstruction results along with a less stressful experience overall. I find that when reconstruction is already planned out before proceeding with a mastectomy or […]

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