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Breast Reconstruction Technique Offers Breast Cancer Patients Increased Options

-Englewood Hospital and Medical Center Enhances Breast Care Services with Muscle-Sparing Method-

(Englewood, NJ, November 5, 2013) – The Leslie Simon Breast Care and Cytodiagnosis Center at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center (EHMC) now offers a popular breast reconstruction technique for patients who have lost one or both breasts due to treatment for cancer.

The “DIEP flap” technique uses skin and fat from the patient’s own abdomen to recreate a natural-appearing breast, which preserves muscle and may reduce recovery.

“The traditional method sacrificed the patient’s abdominal muscles, causing a loss of abdominal strength and a potential for hernias in some cases,” explained Cyrus Loghmanee, MD, Plastic Surgeon at EHMC. “We do not have to remove muscle with the newer microsurgical technique, which means our patients may enjoy a better outcome and superior aesthetic result.” 

Other benefits may include less pain and a quicker recovery. “The DIEP flap technique rounds out our full slate of breast care services,” said David Abramson, MD, Chief of Plastic Surgery at EHMC. “We are thrilled to offer all advanced options for breast reconstruction to our patients. For many, breast reconstruction represents a significant portion of their journey to health and wellness.”

Patient Barbara Barhorst recently benefitted from the DIEP flap technique, following a double mastectomy when she was diagnosed with breast cancer last year.

“DIEP flap was the option that worked best for me,” explained Ms. Barhorst. “Radiation severely damaged my skin and I was not comfortable with the idea of having implants. The new technique allowed my surgeons to use tissue from my own stomach to recreate my breasts. They are all natural - all me - which is exactly what I wanted.”

The 60-year-old is now fully recovered and says she recommends the technique to patients who are considering breast reconstruction surgery.

“I was in great hands at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center,” said Ms. Barhorst. “This was a very delicate, complex procedure and my surgeons were extremely knowledgeable, caring and compassionate. I felt absolutely no pain after my surgery and had no difficulty recovering. More importantly, I had the natural-looking breasts I wanted. I looked like myself again.”

Not everyone is a candidate for DIEP flap breast reconstruction surgery. To learn more, visit www.englewoodhospital.com or call 866-980-3462.

 

 

 
About Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
 
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center provides the highest level of compassionate, patient care and safety through a broad range of advanced clinical programs, treatments and diagnostic services. It is renowned for its bloodless medicine and surgery program, cardiac and vascular programs and its leadership in breast care, oncology and joint replacement services. Through its affiliation with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Mount Sinai Consortium for Graduate Medical Education, this acute-care and community teaching hospital trains medical residents in many disciplines, including internal medicine, critical care medicine, surgery, pediatrics, podiatry, and pathology.  Its Vascular Fellowship Program has trained a generation of world-class vascular surgeons.  Additionally, many members of Englewood Hospital’s medical staff serve as faculty at Mount Sinai. Englewood Hospital has earned numerous accreditations from the Joint Commission and other organizations and is among the six-percent of hospitals nationwide honored with the prestigious Magnet nursing award, a distinction that has been earned three times by its nursing staff.