Sunday, August 16, 2009

The Breast Reconstruction Information Void: Dr. Brueck comments

According to sources in the field, almost 70% of patients who may be eligible for breast reconstruction following breast cancer surgery are not informed of its availability. Tens of thousands of women undergo breast reconstruction each year. Yet, many women who might want to choose reconstructive surgery are not counseled about the options available.

It becomes important that any woman undergoing cancer-related breast surgery consult with a Board Certified plastic surgeon before undergoing the initial surgery. The plastic surgeon's pre-op input may help the patient and the patient's general surgeon make the best decisions about how to proceed.

I can't overstate the importance of the plastic surgeon being Board Certified for plastic surgery. The depth of training and experience involved in Board Certification in the specialty is key in assuring the best outcome.

I offer free consultations to all my patients before recommending an appropriate next step. If you, or someone you know is facing breast cancer surgery, please contact me at 239-939-5233. This will be a confidential consultation and will incur no charge or obligation on the patient's part.

If you can't call, visit my website at

You can't have
too much information when it comes to breast surgery.


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