Ask the Doctor: Q&A

Ask the Doctor: Q&A

Q: I had bilateral mastectomy on May 11, 2018, as a result of inflammatory breast cancer. I did have a tumor, but I also had a complete response to chemo and clear margins at surgery, followed by six weeks of radiation. A 5mm metastasis to one lymph node and a total...
Ask the Doctor: Q&A

Ask the Doctor: Q&A

Q: What is the success rate for someone with: • a bilateral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction in 2011; • encapsulation in 2016 with several fat graft attempts; • failed implant on radiated left breast site, removed in December 2016; and • removed right implant...
Ask the Doctor: Q&A

Ask the Doctor: Q&A

Q: I had a mastectomy in 2008 with implant reconstruction. I had the implants exchanged during additional procedures to help improve the look of the breast. I am very unhappy with how I look as it is very unnatural. I am not opposed to a procedure with another implant...
When is the Ideal Time for Reconstruction Surgery?

When is the Ideal Time for Reconstruction Surgery?

Some breast cancer patients require a mastectomy, the removal of a breast affected with cancer. Many choose to then have reconstruction surgery in an attempt to rebuild the breasts back to a normal look and shape. But when is the best time to have this surgery – at...
Ask the Doctor: Q&A

Ask the Doctor: Q&A

Q: I am interested in DIEP and live in N.C., but before I go any further, I have questions. I’m a healthy, 43-year-old female; married with children; I work, and I’m a non-smoker. I was recently diagnosed with multi-centric DCIS in my right breast. MRI enhancing...
Finding the Right Surgeon

Finding the Right Surgeon

5 Key Attributes to Look for in a Plastic Surgeon You’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer and had a mastectomy. Now you’ve made the important decision to have reconstructive surgery to rebuild your breast. Your next important decision is to make sure you have the...
Ask the Doctor: Q&A

Ask the Doctor: Q&A

Q: I had a lumpectomy and radiation for breast cancer. I would like to know if I can get reconstruction surgery. Sincerely, Ms. Jones A: Ms. Jones, Thank you for your question. You can absolutely get reconstruction after lumpectomy and radiation. Some of your options...
Autologous vs. Implant

Autologous vs. Implant

Benefits of Autologous Breast Reconstruction vs. Implants If you had a mastectomy as part of your breast cancer treatment, you may be considering reconstruction to get back the look and feel of your natural breast. The two reconstruction options that patients normally...