La Peer Surgeons Comment on Angelina Jolie’s Breast Cancer Prevention Surgery

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The renowned surgeons at La Peer Health Systems in Beverly Hills applaud Angelina Jolie’s courageous NY Times Op-Ed about her preventative mastectomy and breast reconstructive surgery.

Leif Rogers MD
Some patients fear that they may feel ‘less of a woman’ after having a double mastectomy, but there are many reconstructive options available.

The New York Times recently published an Op-Ed piece in which it was revealed that the woman sharing her family’s story of breast cancer was in fact Angelina Jolie. With this revelation, a new dialogue has been generated, allowing the discussion of prophylaxis treatments (elective preventative procedures designed to prevent disease) and breast reconstruction after a mastectomy.

“Some patients fear that they may feel ‘less of a woman’ after having a double mastectomy, but there are many reconstructive options available,” said Leif Rogers, MD, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon at La Peer Health Systems in Beverly Hills. “We at La Peer Breast Surgery Center of Excellence are proud to offer reconstructive breast surgery to those who have undergone a double mastectomy.”

Breast reconstruction can be integrated into the mastectomy process with procedures that span from before a mastectomy to the eventual reconstruction of the breast after the mastectomy has been performed. Angelina Jolie lays out her personal treatment plan in the aforementioned article, from nipple reconstruction to the actual implant procedure. All of these operations are offered at the La Peer Breast Surgery Center of Excellence and the caring and knowledgeable staff can guide a patient through their own personalized treatment plan.

“There are wonderful options available to patients, like breast reconstruction that can improve their outlook on the future and boost self-confidence,” said Dr. Lisa Cassileth, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon at La Peer who has guided many patients through the breast reconstruction process. “I would encourage every woman facing this difficult decision talk their doctor about their feelings and devise a treatment plan that will keep you positive and healthy during this trying time.”

La Peer Health Systems gladly receives all questions that patients may have about the breast reconstruction process and the necessary procedures associated with it. The Los Angeles plastic and reconstructive surgeons at La Peer have the knowledge and compassion that every woman can count on while going through this very difficult time in their lives.

“Breast cancer may be a phrase that strikes fear into anyone’s heart, but giving patients a positive outlook on life after they have battled cancer is one of the most rewarding parts of my career as a doctor,” Leslie Memsic, MD, a surgical oncologist and breast specialist at La Peer.

La Peer Health Systems is an outpatient surgery center in Beverly Hills, founded by doctors and focused on providing excellent patient care alongside the most cutting-edge medical treatments available. With 50 world-renowned physicians in 14 specialties, comprehensive medical treatment is offered that takes patients from consultation to diagnosis, treatment, surgery, and ultimately aftercare. The 14 medical departments include orthopedics & sports medicine, gastroenterology, head & neck surgery, colorectal & general surgery, podiatry, ophthalmology, pain management, plastics & reconstructive surgery, gynecology, spine surgery, interventional cardiology, bariatric surgery, thoracic surgery, and anesthesiology. Unlike large hospitals, La Peer's unique structure offers extremely personal care in a safe and controlled environment.

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