With many different techniques available for breast reconstruction, it can be hard know to which one is best for you and your body. At Bajaj Plastic Surgeons, we understand that post-mastectomy, breast reconstruction can be an emotionally difficult and personal experience. Our doctors and staff strive to educate, guide, and support you through the reconstruction process. We offer an advanced form of breast reconstruction known as DIEP flap surgery.
When I see a new consult, I strive to ensure that my patients and their families have realistic expectations and a clear understanding of the risks involve with any surgical procedure. Managing patient expectations can be the most difficult and important aspect of a successful surgical procedure. In my practice as a plastic surgeon, I commonly hear many misconceptions from patients and their families regarding breast reconstruction after mastectomy, so I have tried to clarify some of these.
The following is a talk that I gave at a luncheon honoring breast cancer survivors sponsored by Project3One – a local organization started by one of my patients to help women dealing with breast cancer. The mission of Project3One is to embrace, equip, and empower women as they deal with this diagnosis.
We all know that smoking is bad. As physicians, most of us routinely counsel our patients to stop smoking. However, I have found that many patients referred to me don’t understand why I will refuse to perform a surgical procedure unless they have quit smoking – before and after surgery.