As the most common cancer among women, more than 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the United States. Beating this cancer often means undergoing a mastectomy procedure, having one or both breasts surgically removed. However, this may not always feel like a win against cancer. Losing a part of yourself to the disease can leave you scarred, both physically and emotionally.
Skin cancer can be like an iceberg. What is visible on the skin surface sometimes is only a small portion of the growth. Beneath the skin, the cancerous cells cover a much larger region and there are no defined borders. In these cases, a specialized technique called Mohs surgery may be recommended. Your plastic surgeon may order a frozen section.
Tissue expansion is a relatively straightforward procedure that enables the body to “grow” extra skin for use in reconstructing almost any part of the body. A silicone balloon expander is inserted under the skin near the area to be repaired and then gradually filled with salt water over time, causing the skin to stretch and grow. It is most commonly used for breast reconstruction following breast removal-but it’s also used to repair skin damaged by birth defects, accidents or surgery, and in certain cosmetic procedures.
Highly regarded, board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Delio Ortegon and Dr. Michael Baumholtz use burn reconstruction surgery not only to significantly improve the appearance of burn scars, but to increase the flexibility of joints that have been affected by scarring. With each individual patient, the surgeon chooses the specific methods based on the size, severity, and features of the burned area.
Nerve compression in the hands can lead to problems such as Carpal Tunnel or Cubital Tunnel Syndrome. The more common of the two, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS), is caused by excess pressure to the nerves within the wrist as a result of repeated motions such as typing, injury to the nerves, or rheumatoid arthritis. Those with CTS suffer from chronic pain, numbness and weakness of the hands or fingers.