A diagnosis of breast cancer can be overwhelming. Not only do you have decisions to make for treatment, you also have choices when it comes to breast reconstruction. Until now, cancer surgery came first, and plans for reconstruction followed at a later date.
After my general surgery training, I completed a Surgical Breast Oncology Fellowship at UT-Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Following this fellowship, I completed a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery program at the University of Utah.
I feel that I am in a unique position to provide a truly comprehensive surgical plan to my patients. Breast reconstruction is often only discussed in the context of recreating a breast after mastectomy. I believe that reconstructive principles should be applied to every breast procedure, from the smallest breast biopsy to recreating a breast after mastectomy.
The principles classically used in breast lift, breast reduction, and breast augmentation, provide me with the tools to not only remove a breast cancer, but through careful placement of incisions and the use of breast-shaping techniques, restore and in some cases improve the breast’s appearance.”
These reconstructive principles also guide my approach to the cancer portion of the operation.
The principle here is to remove the cancer with as little collateral damage to existing breast structures as is oncologically safe. This is a marriage of surgical oncology and plastic reconstructive principles, often referred to as oncoplastic surgery, but in my case done by a single surgeon with dual oncology and reconstructive training.
Board certified in General Surgery, American Board of Surgery
American Society of Breast Surgeons