Ask the Doctor- Can you help me schedule a consultation?

This week, James E. Craigie, MD, of The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction answers your question. Question:  I am 35 years old, my BMI is 29. I have a pathogenic mutation of the ATM gene and strong family history of breast cancer (mom dx in 2016 at age 68 and also has the ATM mutation, two deceased maternal aunts dx in their late 30s). In January 2017 I underwent diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound, then MRI, and then an MRI-guided core needle biopsy of a 4.6x1.4 cm linear nonmass … [Read More...]

Gratitude: Why You Don’t Need to Find a Pot of Gold to Feel Lucky This Month

 During the month of March, people often think of lucky four-leaf clovers, chasing leprechauns, and finding a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. It’s the month of luck after all! Sure, finding a pot of treasure or stumbling upon a stash of golden horseshoes would be lucky, but the chances of that happening—unless you’re a treasure hunter--are slim to none. That’s ok. At The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction, we believe it’s best to create your own luck, so that every … [Read More...]

Ask the Doctor- Is reconstruction possible 14 years after radiation?

This week, James E. Craigie, MD, of The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction answers your question. Question:  In 2003, I was diagnosed with DCIS, had a lumpectomy and radiation on the right breast. Years later I have a large lump and had an MRI today. It probably is nothing but I am considering have that breast removed and having reconstruction done at the same time. Is this possible 14 years after radiation? Answer: We routinely do successful natural tissue reconstruction on … [Read More...]

The Benefits of Animal Therapy

 Different animals, such as dogs, cats, or horses, all have one thing in common. They all provide humans with unconditional love and affection. This trait makes our furry friends perfect for animal therapy. And it’s certainly no secret. Hundreds of thousands of people around the world—from people battling cancer to children who are afraid of going to the dentist—reap the benefits of animal therapy on a daily basis in order to live a happy and healthy life. Would you or someone … [Read More...]

Ask the Doctor- Can you help me if I am without insurance and money?

This week, James E. Craigie, MD, of The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction answers your question. Question:  I have no insurance and have no money and looking to get a mammogram I have not had a mammogram in four or five years and I am 64. Answer: Our office is solely dedicated to the reconstruction process after mastectomy. For a screening mammogram you might contact Komen Lowcountry http://komenlowcountry.org/, and ask them about any community resources or financial aid you can … [Read More...]

The Best Places to Take a Stroll in Charleston

 Between the history, warm weather, and charming Southern-town feel, Charleston, South Carolina, is a wonderful place to visit. In fact, it’s been voted the #1 city to travel to in the United States by multiple travel and leisure publications. If you’ve never been to Charleston or are planning a trip here in the next few weeks, you’re in luck! We’re just about to enter one of the best seasons in Charleston—springtime. With warm temperatures, beautiful gardens in bloom, and … [Read More...]

Ask the Doctor- Can I have my silicone implants removed?

This week, James E. Craigie, MD, of The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction answers your question. Question:  Three years ago I had a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Can I have my silicone implants removed? And what is the recovery time? Answer: You can always choose to have your implants removed. If no further reconstruction is done, recovery time ranges from a few days to two weeks, possibly longer, depending on your individual situation. If you have … [Read More...]

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