STUDY: Over 50% of Breast Cancer Survivors Aren’t Well-Informed Going Into Reconstruction Surgery

STUDY: Over 50% of Breast Cancer Survivors Aren’t Well-Informed Going Into Reconstruction Surgery

http://txdiepflap.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/BURN-PKG-Breast-Cancer-Risks-CC.mp4   AUSTIN, Texas — Going through reconstruction surgery after a mastectomy is a big decision. According to a recent study, most breast cancer patients don’t know enough about which procedure is right for them. When going to consultations, remember the following: Bring someone with you Request esources on paper Don’t over-WebMD it, but the internet can be a resource “When you’re told that you have breast cancer. You don’t hear anything but cancer.” Once Keara Madani had the shock of her life, she had a mastectomy. Then, she explored reconstruction surgery. “It’s scary and it’s a big decision,” Madani said. There are several types of reconstruction and the choices can be overwhelming. The Journal of the American Medical Association study found most patients and doctors don’t talk enough. The study found that 43 percent of patients had a good understanding of the procedure, but only 14 percent knew of the risks. “It’s not surprising, we get a lot of patients who’ve had reconstructions who say, ‘I didn’t even know about this other thing that I could’ve done,'” said St. David’s Surgical Hospital’s Dr. John Eggleston. Aside from doctors providing honest medical advice, he said patients are their own best advocates — especially when it comes to research, second opinions and finding a support network. “If inappropriate selections are made then there are, maybe, certain risks to which a patient is exposed to, which they never needed to be exposed.” Madani talked to her surgeon about her options and brought a friend to that discussion. “Resources on paper is probably the best way because you can go back and...
When Does Capsular Contracture Occur?

When Does Capsular Contracture Occur?

  Capsular contracture is a complication of breast augmentation. It occurs when the body’s immune response perceives a breast implant as a foreign object, thereby forming thick tissue fibers, which encase the implant. Either one breast or both can be affected. This complication can occur at any time following breast surgery, but is most common several weeks post-surgery, rather than years down the line. Signs and symptoms Increased firmness of the breast Breast implants appear to ride high The breast implant looks distorted, usually with a roundness to it Tightness and firmness which brings discomfort and even pain The breast implant has little to no mobility Breasts feel heavy If any of these signs or symptoms are felt or perceived, it is highly advised to contact a top Dallas breast reconstruction surgeon for a full evaluation, and further, to decide on an effective solution. Capsular contracture does not cause irreversible damage, but the surgical option available is complex and requires a professional board certified reconstructive surgeon. Breast reconstruction Dallas experts, Breast Reconstruction Associates, is known for extensive experience, and specializing in performing the deep inferior epigastric perforator flap, commonly known as the (DIEP flap) which is the primary method of reconstructing breasts damaged through capsular contracture. Treatment The DIEP flap is the recommended treatment option for capsular contracture. The breast is reconstructed entirely with the patient’s own lower abdominal tissue, which is natural, so there aren’t any implant concerns. Surgeon technique is crucial to the final look of the breast and to recovery time as well. Breast reconstruction is an involved and complex task. So is finding the right...
What to Do: Breast Lump with Pain and Redness

What to Do: Breast Lump with Pain and Redness

Breast pain for women is a relatively common phenomenon. From the moment a person experiences her menstrual period to the moment that she experiences menopause, instances of breast pain can be considered normal. However, when breast pain is accompanied by redness or a lump, this may need medical attention. Symptoms of Breast Infection One of the common causes of breast pain that is accompanied by redness and lumps is mastitis, also known as breast infection. Typically, this occurs among women who are breastfeeding. When the baby feeds, the nipple can become cracked, which serves as an entry point for bacteria coming from the baby’s mouth. When bacteria enters through the nipple, the tissue within the breast may become infected. For women who are not lactating, breast infection may still occur especially when one has a weak immune system brought about by radiation therapy or diabetes. When mastitis occurs, the breast becomes swollen, painful, and lumpy. Other symptoms include itching, nipple discharge, and fever. In such a case, it is important for you to visit your doctor so that you may be given appropriate medical intervention. For not so severe cases, you may be prescribed with some self-care tips and home remedies, which may include applying warm compress on the breast and taking antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medications, both to help with the pain. For more severe cases, you may need to undergo an incision if there is abscess formation due to severe infection. Signs and Symptoms of Breast Cancer According to the National Breast Cancer Organization, every person should know the signs and symptoms of breast cancer. This way one...
Looking for the Best Breast Reconstruction Surgeons in Texas?

Looking for the Best Breast Reconstruction Surgeons in Texas?

  After mastectomy, a high percentage of women choose to undergo breast reconstruction surgery. Breast reconstruction surgery after mastectomy doesn’t only have aesthetic benefits, but it also provides significant, positive impact on their self-esteem and quality of life. For most women, the highest difficulty they face when going through the process of breast reconstruction is finding the best breast reconstruction surgeon in their area. What are the top things to consider when looking for a breast reconstruction surgeon? Especially if you’re from Texas and you’re looking to have your breast reconstruction in Austin, you’re going to want to read on. 1. Credentials Credentials give you an idea of the extent of skill that a surgeon has. The best reconstruction surgeons are board certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons or the American Board of Medical Specialties. 2. Techniques There are different types of breast reconstruction procedures. The breast reconstruction that you need may be a transverse upper gracilis flap (TUG), a deep inferior epigastric artery perforator flap (DIEP), or a transverse rectus abdominis myocutaneous flap (TRAM). It is important to discuss your breast reconstruction procedure with your surgeon of choice. This is because the best reconstruction surgeon for you is one who is well-versed with the procedure required for you. For example, a DIEP procedure requires skill and extensive experience not just in plastic surgery or reconstructive surgery, but also in microsurgery, since it requires having to reattach blood vessels. Keep in mind that it may be difficult to find a plastic surgeon who offers and excels at every type of reconstruction procedure there is. This is why...
Breast Cancer Detection Techniques

Breast Cancer Detection Techniques

  People around the world have become very conscious of the fact that cancer has swept the world.  They want to make sure that they aren’t at risk.  One of the most common questions that is asked, is how is breast cancer detected?  Let’s take a look at some of the modern breast cancer detection techniques that are out there. Physical Breast Examination The first test that is usually given to determine if breast cancer is present is a physical breast examination.  The breast is felt with a gloved hand to determine if any lumps are present.  A doctor will perform this at every physical examination.  Women are encouraged to perform their own physical breast examinations at home too.  If anything out of the normal is detected, further tests will be conducted. Mammograms A mammogram is an x-ray photograph that is taken of a woman’s breast or breasts.  These x-ray images are taken when it isn’t suspected that a woman has cancer.  They are taken regularly in order to attempt to detect cancer in its earliest stages.  If a mammogram catches cancer early, the chances of being able to successfully treat it go up significantly. Ultrasound An ultrasound is a test that is similar to an x-ray, it allows a doctor to image inside a woman’s breast.  If an abnormality is discovered further tests will be used to detect cancer.  Also like a mammogram, ultrasounds can be utilized to catch cancer early.  An ultrasound is also used to detect and image a baby in a mother’s womb. Blood Cell Count A blood test can be used to determine whether...