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The Boston Channel

There was an article from our group posted this month on the Boston Channel (see below link) related to breast reconstruction using abdominal tissue while preserving muscle… There are several options for breast reconstruction, and each may be better suited for each individual patient…. http://www.thebostonchannel.com/bethisrael/28472497/detail.html


Graduation day

as our nurse in the office coined the phrase when all the steps of breast reconstruction have been completed… I saw a patient of mine yesterday who indeed had finished the last step of breast reconstruction


Making the day

Few things make a breast reconstructive surgeon’s day more than the realization of a patient when a breast reconstruction has restored their sense of being whole….Thanks very much to the individual who posted a comment on “Light of the End of the Tunnel”- it is also a tribute to our entire staff who help us […]


Avoiding radiation

I saw a patient this past week who was deciding between having a lumpectomy with radiation versus undergoing a complete mastectomy… Though everything depends on the pathology of the tumor, etc, and one’s breast surgeon, indeed there are those patients who are able to have a mastectomy and avoid radiation altogether… In reconstructive breast surgery, […]


Light at the end of the tunnel

One of my favorite patients had her nipple-areola tattooing this past week and her husband had remarked to me what a difference breast reconstruction had made in her life… She was a patient who had, from the beginning, several decisions to make relating to chemotherapy and ultimately planning reconstruction. Breast reconstruction, to coordinate with planned […]


Partial mastectomy reconstruction

I just read about a recent development in Oregon, where the legislature at the end of May, voted to have insurance companies cover reconstruction of partial mastectomy patients, or patients having lumpectomies. Previously, only full or total mastectomies were covered in the state. This is a significant occurrence, as patients elsewhere may also may be […]


Unilateral versus bilateral reconstruction timing

We saw a patient this past week who had had bilateral breast reconstruction using abdominal tissue…. only at two different settings with mastectomies at different times… on one side a tissue expander was placed and the skin expanded over time following a mastectomy. At a later time, the other mastectomy was performed with immediate reconstruction […]



Caffeine and breast reconstructive flaps

I had a patient recently who was a 2-3 cup a day coffee consumer who asked about caffeine intake after surgery… indeed, there may be a situation where your plastic and reconstructive surgeon asks patients to decrease or even temporarily discontinue caffeine intake for a period of time after surgery to optimize wound healing… just […]


This past week

I would like to thank a patient of mine who I saw this week who had undergone bilateral mastectomy with implant based reconstruction, and, at this point, bilateral nipple reconstruction… on course for her nipple-areolar tattooing. Her comment was that breast reconstruction, including the nipple-areola reconstruction, was more than simply just that…. it really completed […]


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