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017: Holistic Breast Reconstruction - a Physician's Perspective

Updated: Jun 22, 2021

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Episode Summary:

What is a holistic approach to breast reconstruction? Tammey talks with Dr. Minas Chrysopoulo, a board-certified plastic surgeon, microsurgeon, President of PRMA Plastic Surgery, and founder of the Breast Advocate App. Together they cover a variety of topics, from the different types of breast reconstruction available to women, breast reconstruction options for men, nipple reconstruction, and the importance of shared decision making. They also discuss the loss of feeling that many women and men are left with post-mastectomy, options for retaining as much sensation as possible, and methods for restoring sensation. This is a powerful episode packed with information, resources, and tools, no matter where you are in your breast cancer journey.

Topics in this Episode:

  • Intro

  • Setting Expectations takes Communication from the Patient and the Surgeon

  • Reviewing Various Breast Reconstructive Options

  • Let’s Talk about Tissue Reconstruction

  • Loss of Sensation and Options

  • Choose Your Entire Team from the Beginning

  • Consider a Plastic Consult even for Lumpectomy or Aesthetic Flat Closure

  • Male Breast Reconstruction – Yes, it is an option

  • Men Need Mammograms. Men can be Gene Mutation Carriers. Men can be BRCA Carriers.

  • Nipple Reconstruction, Nipple Sparing, Nipple Tattoos

  • Self-Advocate for Greater Success

  • Sign off

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