Fort Lauderdale, Florida (PRWEB) July 26, 2012
Take Shape Plastic Surgery, PA will now expand their scope of treatment for those women wishing to have post-mastectomy reconstruction for breast cancer. Russell F. Sassani,MD states that "with the new addition of plastic and reconstructive surgeons, Christopher Low MD and George Dreszer MD, the surgeons at Take Shape Plastic Surgery, PA will provide the most advanced techniques in breast restoration using autologous tissue (natural–tissue) reconstruction." By using the patient's own tissue, the usual results are a more natural appearing breast without the difficulties that are sometimes associated with breast implants.
Breast cancer remains the leading cause of cancer among American women. According to the American Cancer Society and National Institutes of Health, there were 226,870 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 39,510 deaths related to breast cancer in 2011. On a positive note, recent studies have shown a decrease in the number of women diagnosed with breast cancer and improved survival for those women who have breast cancer.
The majority of women in the United States are diagnosed at an early stage of breast cancer, before symptoms appear. This is largely attributed to the increased use of screening methods such as mammography and routine clinical breast exams. Along with routine screening, it is important for all women to know which risk factors are linked to breast cancer; talk with your health care provider about your personal risk and speak with your family to learn about any possible family history of breast cancer. It is also imperative to understand what is normal and what is abnormal when it relates to breast changes. Your health care provider should be informed if you should notice breast changes such as dimpling or puckering skin, lumps or a hard knot, nipple discharge that starts spontaneously, or itchy, scaly rash on the nipple.
Post-mastectomy breast reconstruction helps restore the natural appearance and feel of the breast. Performed by plastic reconstructive surgeons, these procedures can be performed immediately after the mastectomy or at a later date, referred to as delayed reconstruction. Each of the different reconstructive options have their own risk and benefit, and the patient and surgeon will decide which option works best. The current methods of breast restoration involve reconstruction utilizing the body’s own natural living tissue or using silicone or saline implants.
Despite the psychological and aesthetic benefit from breast reconstruction, fewer than 25% of women with insurance plans have post-mastectomy reconstruction. This number is even lower in those patients who are on Medicare or Medicaid, who are older and who are treated in rural non-academic settings. What many women don’t know is that federal law requires insurance companies to cover all stages of reconstruction of the breast after mastectomy. Federal and state laws mandate as well that women have the option of surgery on the opposite breast to produce a symmetrical appearance.
Take Shape Plastic Surgery is excited to expand their scope of practice for women requiring breast reconstruction. Come this October, breast cancer awareness month, the group will be participating and fundraising for Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day. The event, designated as BRA Day, will promote education, awareness, and access for women choosing to have post-mastectomy breast reconstruction.