Joshua L. Levine, MD
Every woman deserves a full array of choices when it comes to breast reconstruction.
Yet, according to The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) current national “Choice” campaign, nearly 70 percent of women eligible for breast reconstruction are not routinely informed of the full array of their options. Approximately 79,000 women experienced breast reconstruction in 2008, yet 55,300 went into surgery without full knowledge of innovative surgical options to enhance their quality of life.
This is why New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai’s Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery created The New York Center for the Advancement of Breast Reconstruction -- a unique center of excellence offering women every available option for breast cancer surgery and breast reconstruction.
Innovative breast reconstructive surgery utilizes the patient’s own tissue, with results superior to the standard implant procedure performed on the majority of women in need of breast reconstruction after cancer. Using the body’s own tissue (skin and fat) to make a breast results in a more natural, long-lasting reconstruction.
New York Eye and Ear Infirmary Infirmary performs almost 100 such cases a year, the tri-state area’s highest volume of breast reconstruction which uses the patient’s own tissue without muscle sacrifice. Nipple sparing mastectomies are also performed.