October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and that’s the perfect time to get caught up on what the signs and symptoms are, and how to check for them. Early detection saves lives. Baylor Scott & White physicians Dr. Staci Hix and Dr. Susan Pike have been on the show discussing their approach to plastic surgery and restoring women’s confidence, but today we welcomed them as doctor and patient. Dr. Susan Pike was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, and has undergone a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Staci Hix, a close friend, stepped up to take on the role of surgeon. If you or someone you care about is recovering from mastectomy, partial mastectomy, prophylactic mastectomy or lumpectomy due to breast cancer treatment, breast reconstruction may be an option you’re considering.
BREAST RECONSTRUCTION AWARENESS (BRA) DAY
Join Baylor Scott & White for a free event discussing breast reconstruction options and personalized treatments. The event will discuss a woman’s options, the latest innovations and team approaches to care from providers who specialize in breast reconstruction. A light dinner will be served. The event will take place on Tuesday, October 25, from 6 PM to 7 PM at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in the Longhorn Conference Room at 300 University Blvd., Round Rock, Texas 78664. Please call 844.BSW.DOCS (844.279.3627) to RSVP.
About Breast Reconstruction Surgery
The goal of breast reconstruction surgery is to create for you a new breast similar to your natural breast. The reconstruction usually requires several surgeries over six months to a year. You may have breast reconstruction surgery at the same time as your mastectomy (immediate reconstruction) or at a later time (delayed reconstruction). Occasionally, there are times when reconstruction must be delayed because of other treatments, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
Options for Reconstruction
There are three options for breast reconstruction:
- Using saline or silicone implants
- Using your own tissue
- Using a combination of implants and your own tissue
Your surgeon will consider several factors when helping decide which breast reconstruction option is best for you. Those factors include:
- The type and stage of cancer
- Your body size and shape
- Your goals for reconstruction
- The need for additional therapy
- Your current health status
- Whether or not you have had prior surgeries
Baylor Scott & White Medical Center is located in Round Rock at 300 University Blvd. For more information, call 512-509-3963 or visit them online at SW.org.
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