Ask The Doctor – Is it Prudent to Remove the Expanders?

This week, James E. Craigie, MD, of The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction answers your question. Question: I had bilateral nipple sparing mastectomies on 2/9/16 and developed a large necrotic area on the lower pole of my left breast. Air expanders and Alloderm were placed during the surgery and I have also developed redness over the area where the Alloderm is on my right breast. I have been on Keflex 250 mg qid since surgery and Levaquin was added yesterday, 2/26. My surgeon plans … [Read More...]

3 Delicious Recipes for National Pie Day

National Pie Day, celebrated on January 23, is just one week away! That means TODAY is the perfect day to go out, get some pie-making supplies, and start baking in preparation for this delicious holiday! Yum! Need some inspiration on what types of pies to make? Here are a few of our favorite recipes… Classic Apple Pie Recipe It just wouldn’t be National Pie Day without making a traditional, classic, and tasty apple pie. The following recipe is very easy to make and turns … [Read More...]

Ask the Doctor-Can You Fix a Bilateral Mastectomy Gone Wrong?

This week, James E. Craigie, MD, of The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction answers your question. Question:  Can you fix a bilateral mastectomy gone wrong? My breasts are now hideous to look at and I’m ashamed of my body now. They are lopsided and not even and I’m left with a 2 inch scar across my entire chest. Answer: It is difficult to know what we might be able to do for you with the information you gave us, but usually something can be done to at least make things … [Read More...]

3 Common Breast Reconstruction Questions

Undergoing breast reconstruction surgery is a life-changing event. It’s a decision that often requires multiple doctor’s consultations and lots of personal reflection after a battle with breast cancer. And even after all that time spent planning, researching the best doctors, and doing your homework, it’s possible that you might walk out of a reconstructive surgery and be unhappy with the results. It’s heartbreaking, and we hate to see women suffer through this. That being … [Read More...]

Ask the Doctor- Is It Too Late To Have Natural Breast Reconstruction?

This week, James E. Craigie, MD, of The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction answers your question. Question: I had bilateral mastectomies and wanted to do the natural breast procedure but the surgeon wouldn't even discuss it. Then he totally botched the reconstruction. I look deformed. I still avoid the mirror. A redo was set but was canceled day of surgery because b/p and bipod star were elevated. I want it redone. I would like to have the natural breasts. I have plenty of abdominal … [Read More...]

5 Resolutions for a Happy and Healthy New Year

On behalf of The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction, we want to wish you a very happy New Year! We hope 2018 will be your best year yet! And, with a little planning and a few New Year’s resolutions, we know it’s possible to ensure that this year will be filled with the things that matter most--time spent with loved ones, good health, and joy. What should you add to your resolutions this year to help make 2018 one of the best years yet? Check out the 5 resolutions we … [Read More...]

Ask the Doctor – Why Won’t Insurance Pay For Reconstruction?

This week, James E. Craigie, MD, of The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction answers your question. Question: I don't understand why insurance company doesn't pay for reconstruction if you've had a lumpectomy. With radiation, your breasts shrink a lot and you are all out of proportion. I finally did get them to pay for prosthesis and bra. Answer: That's not always the case with a lumpectomy. If the surgery results in a significant defect or radiation negatively impact the tissue, … [Read More...]

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