Category Archives: Breast Reconstruction


New study in Archives of Surgery about delayed reconstruction after mastectomy

There were 2 articles that came out about “delayed” reconstruction following mastectomy. While this adds another article to the discussion, it highlights the point about talking to your plastic and reconstructive surgeon about reconstruction and the nature of the disease…. for instance, for people who definitely need radiation after a mastectomy, delayed is an option […]


Followup to New York law

As we have been reading about ramifications to the newly passed law in New York regarding providing options of breast reconstruction to individuals requiring mastectomy, I think about the continued majority of patients in this country who have not had reconstruction, either by not having the opportunity or otherwise….



Removal of the Chemo Port!

I had a patient today who asked that we remove her chemo therapy port… as part of the steps of breast reconstruction,we were also performing some balancing/touch-up’s to the breast reconstruction and the chemotherapy port (which is placed for intravenous placement of chemotherapy medication) is often visible on the upper part of the chest under […]


Resources for Decision Making

Making a decision about breast reconstruction is very difficult. There are a number of choices, and it can be overwhelming in the best of times–let alone immediately after a cancer diagnosis when you are definitely not thinking your most clearly. A colleague developed this useful list of online resources for information. I would add the […]


Am I a candidate for a DIEP flap?

Patients always call asking me if they are a candidate for a DIEP flap. There are not many things that are absolute exclusions. To determine if you are a candidate, you need to come in for a consult. Even if you are overweight or have had previous abdominal surgeries, you may still be a candidate. […]


National Survey for Women who have had Reconstruction

If you have had breast reconstruction, please take a few minutes to complete this survey from the Cancer Support Community. Your responses, all confidential, will help design more resources and information for women considering this surgery. http://www.thewellnesscommunity.org/fm/Media/Wellnet/Summer-2010/Breast-Reconstruction-Surgery.aspx


Planned radiation following mastectomy for treatment

There remains the question of immediate reconstruction (at the same time of the mastectomy, and at the same surgery) versus delayed reconstruction (breast reconstruction performed after the mastectomy, which can be weeks to months following the initial mastecotmy)… This is an important discussion, as there are different viewpoints regarding the approaches… and a personal decision […]


Nipple Sparing Mastectomy

Nipple Sparing Mastectomy7/24/2010 (10:11:04am)Tags: mastectomy reconstruction nippleComments: (0)It seems obvious that one of the more difficult parts of breast reconstruction is creating a new and natural-looking nipple and arerola. Women sometimes wonder about the possibility of a mastectomy that spares the nipple. Here is a brief interview, from MedScape, with Dr. Lisa Newman from the […]


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