Ask the Doctor- Would I be eligible for reconstruction?

This week, James E. Craigie, MD, of The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction answers your question. Question: I will be having a prophylactic mastectomy for PALB2 mutation. I am interested in DIEP natural breast reconstruction but I have had mesh umbilical hernia repair. Would I be eligible for this surgery? Are there any tests that would be needed to find out if my vessels are any good in my abdomen? Answer:  Thank you for your question. Yes and yes. It is still very possible you … [Read More...]

10 Ways to Fight Cabin Fever This Winter

The winter months can seem to drag on forever--especially if you live in a climate where you’re stuck inside due to freezing temperatures and snow. Even here in Charleston, SC, January can seem to drag on forever. After weeks of being cooped, up you may begin to feel the effects of cabin fever. The good news is that there many things you can do to combat that awful restless feeling when the weather just won’t cooperate. This year, don’t let the snow, ice, or cooler temperatures … [Read More...]

Ask the Doctor- Can you provide relief for my discomfort?

This week, James E. Craigie, MD, of The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction answers your question. Question: Due to a family history of breast cancer I had a bi-lateral subcutaneous mastectomy with saline implants, all in one surgery. The result was not good. My chest muscles did not stretch/relax, the implants did not drop. Not only are they misshaped they are painful, in that my chest feels tight. My surgeon went into my arm pits and cut the muscles in several places to relieve some … [Read More...]

5 Classic Books You Should Read This Year

As the new year begins, most of us make lists of things we’d like to do differently this year. For you, it may be going to the gym, eating healthier, or volunteering more often. Or maybe you want to travel more, finally sign up for yoga, or not work weekends. While these are all wonderful goals, we suggest you also add exercising your brain to the list. Instead of sitting in front of the TV this year, we encourage you to pick up a book. What better way to exercise your brain than to sit … [Read More...]

Ask the Doctor- Is it possible to have expanders then radiation?

This week, James E. Craigie, MD, of The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction answers your question. Question:  I had a double mastectomy May 24, 2016. My treatment was 5 rounds of chemo and I have completed 9 of 30 radiation treatments. My radiation oncologist had told me that reconstruction can't be done until 1 year post radiation. I was to start reconstruction at the time of mastectomy but due to 1 positive node that was not done. That was devastating to wake up to that news. I wanted … [Read More...]

Fun Winter Activity Ideas

When you think of winter, you may think of cold weather, snow, and hibernating until the temperatures get warm again. We don’t blame you—especially if you live in a region where temperatures often fall below freezing and stay there until spring. If you’re cooped up in your home, you tend to miss out on some of the most fun activities winter has to offer. This year, we challenge you to brave the cooler temperatures and have some fun—whether it be with your girlfriends or with the … [Read More...]

Ask the Doctor- Can you tell me more about the TUG procedure?

  This week, James E. Craigie, MD, of The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction answers your question. Question:  I am having mastectomy in January; I would like to know about the TUG procedure - if it can be performed following a mastectomy or does it have to be done at the time. I should not be receiving chemo or radiation. My surgery is in Houston ( MD Anderson ). I live in the Nashville area. Answer: We do not recommend the TUG flap under most circumstances. A significant … [Read More...]

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