The New York Center for the Advancement of Breast Reconstruction was established in order to provide every woman in need with 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 the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE) 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.
Such reconstructive procedures utilize the patient’s own tissue both for skin replacement and provision of contour, which in our experience is superior to implant and muscle flap/operations in the majority of patients. Using the body’s own tissue (skin and fat) to make a breast results in a more natural, long-lasting reconstruction.
NYEE performs almost 150 such cases a year, without muscle sacrifice and the frequent complications associated with such a procedure. New York Eye and Ear Infirmary is fortunate to have on its staff the pioneers in the deep perforator flap technique and in the nipple sparing operation, allowing us to offer techniques frequently lacking in many other centers.
Additionally, the staff has been joined by Corinne Becker, MD, a plastic surgeon from Paris, France, whose innovative technique of free lymph gland transfer has proven to be a remarkable advance for those patients suffering swollen limbs following mastectomy. There are many other possible uses for this technique, and research continues in this cutting edge arena.
The recent opening of two new microvascular operating rooms and recovery units will contribute to the growth and success of this program.