SADIE, named for the abdominal blood vessels it uses, is a new type of breast reconstruction with a woman’s own tissue. Tissue-based reconstruction is evolving quickly. But many cancer centers still do not have microsurgeons experienced in these more complicated surgeries. For a closer look at these procedures, medical writer Patricia Anstett traveled to some of the top centers in the world and watched these surgeries now essential to a cancer program’s complete menu of options. The trips and insights are reported in “Breast Cancer Surgery and Reconstruction: What’s Right for You,” by Rowman & Littlefield.
As desireable as it may sound, most women who have breast reconstruction will have two or more procedures, a top plastic surgeon says. Here’s a look at the realities from Dr. Minas Chyropoulo of San Antonio, for the web site of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
DIEP Tops Other Abdominal Tissue Reconstruction Methods; fewest complications. More Centers May Drop Methods that Don’t Spare Muscle, Authors Say
Breast reconstruction has risen 35% since 2000, according to the latest statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Implant-based reconstruction still far outnumbers autologous tissue breast reconstruction. http://www.plasticsurgery.org/news/2016/new-statistics-reflect-the-changing-face-of-plastic-surgery.html
Women like Hiam Hamade, a breast cancer survivor who runs a federally-funded breast and cervical cancer screening program in Dearborn, MI, tell their reconstruction stories in the upcoming, “Breast Cancer Surgery & Reconstruction: What’s Right for You.” The stories are some of the first published about Arab women.