• Reconstructive Surgery

    Advanced Surgical Options for the Treatment of Lymphedema

    by  • March 27, 2014 • Breast Cancer Treatment, Coping with Cancer, Lymphedema Surgery, Reconstructive Surgery, Surgery, Women's Cancer Center • 0 Comments

    Vascularized lymph node transfer is an innovative new surgical procedure used to treat lymphedema, a common condition for patients who have had their lymph nodes removed during the course of cancer treatment. Symptoms of lymphedema include fluid retention, tissue swelling and soreness of the extremities (arms, hands or legs). Research suggests that the frequency...

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    What is a Post Mastectomy/Lumpectomy Camisole?

    by  • February 13, 2014 • Breast Cancer Surgery, Coping with Cancer, Reconstructive Surgery, Women's Cancer Center

    A post-surgical camisole, used after breast surgery, provides the support of a bra and pockets for lightweight breast prostheses. These camisoles come in a variety of sizes and materials and are specially constructed for the various needs of breast cancer survivors. Camisoles can be used immediately after any breast surgery, including mastectomy, lumpectomy and...

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    Nipple tattooing provides the finishing touch following breast cancer reconstruction

    by  • February 1, 2014 • Breast Cancer Surgery, Breast Cancer Treatment, Reconstructive Surgery, Surgery, Women's Cancer Center

    Techniques in nipple tattooing are rapidly improving and give patients reconstructive options that were previously not available. In most cases, tattooing is performed three months after the nipple has been surgically created on the reconstructed breast to allow for healing of the nipple wound. Tattooing at earlier time points may result in poor pigment...

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    How are the nipple and areola reconstructed during breast surgery?

    by  • January 28, 2014 • Breast Cancer Surgery, Breast Cancer Treatment, Reconstructive Surgery, Women's Cancer Center

    The nipple and areola are key elements of the reconstructed breast after mastectomy and are essential in restoring the breast to its natural form. Many patients have questions about how and when the nipple and areola are reconstructed.   The first step in breast reconstruction is to create a breast mound. This is accomplished using...

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    Can I have a DIEP flap to reconstruct my breast after a mastectomy?

    by  • December 31, 2013 • Breast Cancer Surgery, Breast Cancer Treatment, Reconstructive Surgery

    After a patient undergoes a mastectomy, breast reconstruction may be performed with breast implants or autologous tissue, meaning the patient’s own skin, fat, and muscle.  The vast majority of breast reconstruction performed across the country and the world relies on breast implants.  A much smaller percentage is done with autologous tissue which is rotated...

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    Is Single Port Surgery Right for Me?

    by  • June 27, 2013 • Bladder Cancer, Kidney Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Reconstructive Surgery, Robotic Surgery, Single Port Surgery, Surgery

    Advances in Minimally Invasive Surgery: Over the past twenty years, minimally invasive surgery has been successful in reducing the large scars associated with traditional surgery to a few scars less than one inch in length. As a result, our patients have experienced faster, easier recoveries with less pain and fewer complications.  During the past...

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    Options for women with BRCA gene mutations who are considering breast reconstruction surgery

    by  • May 23, 2013 • Breast Cancer Surgery, Breast Cancer Treatment, Cancer Screening, Reconstructive Surgery, Uncategorized

    With the recent news regarding Angelina Jolie’s courageous story, questions about breast cancer treatment as well as breast reconstruction have become common topics for discussion. Women who learned they have a mutation in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes have an approximately 5-fold increased risk of developing breast cancer.  Another way to describe this would...

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    Neck Dissection to Treat Head and Neck Cancer – Not so Radical Any More

    by  • April 15, 2013 • Head and Neck Cancer, Reconstructive Surgery, Uncategorized

    Neck dissection is usually recommended to remove cancer that has spread to the lymph nodes of the neck. Cancers spread by dispersing through small channels, captured in lymph nodes that serve as filters. Cancer cells take up residence and grow within lymph nodes. Some cancer spread by invading blood vessels and spreading to other...

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    What are the options for breast reconstruction using tissue from the abdominal wall?

    by  • February 13, 2013 • Breast Cancer Surgery, Reconstructive Surgery

    Women seeking options for breast reconstruction for mastectomy should be offered the option of using tissue from the abdominal wall for unilateral or bilateral breast reconstruction. For patients desiring a more natural reconstruction, with the best cosmetic appearance and texture the abdomen is a very good option. Many women develop excess skin and fat...

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