Ask the Doctor- I’ve Completed Radiation. When Is The Right Time To Make A Consultation Appointment To See If I Can Have DIEP Flap Reconstruction?

This week, James E. Craigie MD, of The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction answers your question about breast reconstruction. Question: I had a right mastectomy December 8, 2016, and radiation ended March 2017. Currently, I'm having problems with fluid buildup because the skin cells haven't healed enough to absorb bodily fluids. When should I set an appointment to see if I can have the DIEP flap reconstruction? Answer: Thank you for your question. No need to wait for a consult. I … [Read More...]

3 Unique Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes

When invited to someone’s home for Thanksgiving dinner, it’s common courtesy to bring a side dish to share with everyone. Sounds easy. That is until you’ve waited until the last minute and you scramble, trying to figure out what to bring. Aunt Betty always brings sweet potatoes. Grandma Doris is sure to bring her famous green bean casserole. And your good friends from down the street already volunteered to bring dinner rolls. It doesn’t seem like there’s much left to choose … [Read More...]

Ask the Doctor- I’m Having Pain After My Last Latissimus Flap/Implant Reconstruction. What Can I Do Now?

This week, Richard M. Kline, Jr., MD, of The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction answers your question about breast reconstruction. Question: I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011, and had a mastectomy on my left side followed by chemo. In 2014, my mammogram began showing tumors and I would have an ultrasound every time. This caused panic attacks and I choose to have my right breast removed because the type of cancer I had was Stage 4 Aggressive. In April 2015, I had a bilateral … [Read More...]

10 Reasons to Be Happy Every Day

A bad day at work...cold dreary weather...cranky kids… Sure, we all have a list of things that can easily dampen our spirits and put us in a bad mood. But, at The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction, we always try to look for the positives in life. In fact, we believe that the amount of “happy” we experience each day typically outweighs the “bad.” And it’s this focus that keeps us all full of cheer, even on the days when nothing seems to go right. To help add some … [Read More...]

Ask the Doctor- Can You Do Repair and Nipple Reconstruction Surgery at the Same Time on the Same Breast?

This week, Richard M. Kline, Jr., MD, of The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction answers your question about breast reconstruction. Question: I had hybrid DIEP reconstruction at another facility, and I am disappointed with the results. There have been many issues. For example, my breasts are different shapes and sizes, no node involvement and no microinvasion. The surgeon who did the mastectomy said the path report said the margins were not wide enough and he will need to cut additional … [Read More...]

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3 Delicious Easy-To-Make Snack Recipes for Game Time

Football season is in full swing! And you know what that means? It’s the perfect time to invite your friends or family members over for some game day fun! As the game day (or night) host, you already know snacks--and lots of them--are expected. This year, instead of grabbing a bag of Doritos, knock the socks off your guests with some of our halftime favorites. Not only are the recipes below delicious, but they are also healthy alternatives to most snacks on the grocery store shelves, … [Read More...]

Ask the Doctor- Are Implants Still an Option after Radiation? I Have Expanders Now that Were Placed At the Time of Mastectomy.

This week, Richard M. Kline, Jr., MD, of The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction answers your question about breast reconstruction. Question: I had a double mastectomy in January 2017. Expanders were placed at that time. I had radiation March-May. Postponed reconstruction until June 2018. Are implants still an option? Answer: Implants may still be an option, but it's going to depend on several things, probably the most important of which is how much you were expanded prior to … [Read More...]

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