Dr. Lebovic explains if it's possible to have reconstructive breast surgery at the same time as a mastectomy.
We are very fortunate as women to be living in today’s world because we have techniques today that just didn’t exist even when I was a medical student. So, when I was a medical student and a woman had a mastectomy, she usually did not have reconstruction. That has changed completely and now for example, women in my practice, 95% of the time have immediate breast reconstruction at the same time that we treat the cancer and it’s such a wonderful thing that we have because we can offer many different types of reconstruction that look very natural with and without clothes and I just think that we are very fortunate to be living in a time like today.
About Dr. Gail Lebovic, M.D., M.A., F.A.C.S.:
Dr. Gail Lebovic is the President of the American Society of Breast Disease (ASBD). She earned a B.A. in physiology and anatomy and a master's in endocrinology from University of California, Berkeley. In 1986, she received her medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine. After an internship at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, she performed her surgical residency at Stanford University Medical Center and completed two fellowships – one in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast and another at the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Lebovic is certified by the American Board of Surgery and her areas of special medical interest include diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast, and management of congenital breast deformities. She has also invented several medical devices and co-founded a number of companies in the area of women's health including Biolucent, Inc., makers of the MammoPad™ breast cushion designed to make mammography more comfortable.