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Plastic Surgeons Have Increasing Importance in the E.R.

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Category Archives: Reconstructive Surgery

Plastic Surgeons Have Increasing Importance in the E.R.

Plastic surgery is gaining importance in the emergency room according to authors of a new study from Turkey. The findings aren’t surprising considering many plastic surgeons are trained in reconstruction techniques. The researchers pointed out that “progresses in microsurgery and their adaptation to trauma surgery have contributed considerably to the increasing significance of plastic and …

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Breast Cancer Patients Seek More Information on Breast Reconstruction

A recent survey of 762 breast cancer patients who were eligible for breast reconstruction found that 43 percent did not receive information about breast reconstruction options when making treatment decisions at diagnosis. Kim Thiboldeaux, president and CEO of the nonprofit Cancer Support Community (CSC), which conducted the survey, said, “It is critical that women get …

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Breast Reconstruction after Mastectomy Linked to Increased Survival Rates

Research presented at Plastic Surgery 2010 found that breast reconstruction immediately following mastectomy is associated with significantly improved breast-cancer-specific survival. However, the researcher says there is no evidence that immediate breast reconstruction is saving lives. Dr. Michael Bezuhly, from Dalhousie University College of Medicine in Halifax, Nova Scotia, presented the finding from an analysis of …

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New Study Looks at Timing of Breast Reconstruction after Mastectomy

A study in the September issue of the Archives of Surgery found that approximately half of women who need radiation therapy after having a mastectomy with immediate breast reconstruction develop complications that require additional surgery. The trend toward immediate reconstruction “has turned into a runaway train,” said researcher Dr. Rodney Pommier, professor of surgery at …

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New York Law Requires Breast Cancer Patients to be Informed of Reconstruction Coverage

A new law in the state of New York requires hospitals in the state to inform breast cancer patients the availability of and insurance coverage for breast reconstruction before they undergo “mastectomy surgery, lymph node dissection or a lumpectomy.” Breast reconstruction after a mastectomy is covered by insurers in New York, but often poor and …

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Microsurgical Breast Reconstruction Sought by Independent Women

According to a recent article in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, an increasing number of breast cancer patients are independently seeking microsurgical breast reconstruction. Doctors surveyed over 300 women who had breast reconstruction performed at a single institution. Information was gathered about their age and demographic, but more importantly – their referral patterns and decision-making processes. …

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