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February 15, 2017

Why Choose Christine Fisher MD In Austin, Texas

While all plastic surgeons receive basic training in breast reconstruction during their residency programs, not all plastic surgeons are comfortable performing all types of reconstructions and many do not practice breast reconstruction frequently in their practices. Dr. Fisher’s primary focus is breast reconstruction. She has performed hundreds of reconstructions using natural tissue or implant-based methods.Read More…

January 30, 2017

Why Do I Need To Have A CT-Angiogram Before My DIEP Flap Reconstruction?

DIEP flap reconstruction has come a long way since the early description of the procedure in the early 1990s. Our understanding of the perforating vessels that supply circulation to the lower abdominal skin and fat has evolved. Everyone’s anatomy is unique, and a CT-angiogram provides a clear road map of a patient’s anatomy. The benefits ofRead More…

January 15, 2017

Radiation And Tissue Expanders: What Should I Know?

Sometimes, a breast cancer patient will be offered radiation in addition to surgical therapy to give her optimal opportunity to avoid recurrence of her cancer. Radiation is typically delivered only to the breast and armpit area on the side of the cancer. While undergoing treatment, the radiated area can become red and inflamed, similar toRead More…

December 30, 2016

What You Need To Know About Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy

Although in the early days of mastectomy surgery a woman was forced to bear her deformity for the rest of her life, today, there are many wonderful breast reconstruction after mastectomy options that are available to most patients. Recent studies have found that a patient’s satisfaction as she journeys through breast cancer surgery is greatlyRead More…

December 15, 2016

Does Insurance Cover Breast Reconstructive Surgery?

Breast reconstructive surgery procedures are covered by your health insurance plan, whether they are done right away, soon after mastectomy/lumpectomy, or many years later. This includes procedures that may be needed over time to refine the reconstructed breast and/or to create symmetry (balance) between the two breasts. The Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act ofRead More…

November 30, 2016

Measure Twice, Cut Once – More Natural-Looking Navel After DIEP Flap

She shapes the umbilical incision in a way that results in a hidden scar inside the umbilicus, for a more natural-looking navel. This careful shaping takes some more time in the operating room but provides better results after the initial reconstruction. 60-year old woman, 6 weeks after DIEP flap, without revision. Our surgeons use aRead More…

November 15, 2016

Questions to Ask Your Surgeon Before Breast Reconstruction Surgery

Are you specially trained in microsurgery? Breast reconstruction surgery using perforator flaps, such as a DIEP flap, requires extensive microsurgical training to accomplish safely and reliably. All of our surgeons are experienced in microsurgery.  Our surgeons focus their practice on advanced microsurgical breast reconstruction, and care for hundreds of patients per year. How many ofRead More…

October 30, 2016

I Have Been Diagnosed With The BRCA Gene. What Are My Options?

Evidence that identifiable genetic mutations could increase woman’s risk of developing breast cancer was first demonstrated in 1990 in Berkeley, California. This discovery led to the concept of hereditary breast–ovarian cancer syndrome with, in the case of a BRCA gene mutation, approximately a five times greater than normal risk of developing breast cancer and aRead More…

October 15, 2016

Choosing Between DIEP Flap and Implant Breast Reconstruction

Choosing what manner of reconstruction to undergo after mastectomy, DIEP flap or implant breast reconstruction, is a personal and sometimes difficult choice. Sometimes, your doctor will shepherd you towards one selection and sometimes you will be good candidate for multiple choices. Natural tissue reconstruction like the DIEP flap requires an additional incision at the donorRead More…

September 29, 2016

Understanding Your Plastic Surgery Recovery

All patients are concerned with how long their plastic surgery recovery will take. The three main facets of recovery are healing, activity level, and the final aesthetic appearance. Plastic surgery recovery is measured in both medical and aesthetic terms. Plastic surgery results often look good by the time you resume your usual routine, and they willRead More…

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