Dr. Casey, who has been performing breast reconstruction for about 8 years, describes the technological changes he has seen in this field.
I personally have been doing this for about eight years. It’s a long training process to get to this point. It took five years of general surgery training and then a couple of years of specialty plastics training to get to the point that I am at. Since that time, I have been here for eight years. I’ve loved every minute of it.
I don’t think breast reconstruction has changed a whole lot in the last few years. I think with the kind of the pinnacle being these flaps that we are taking from the lower abdomen. I don’t see anything bigger coming down the pipes any time soon. We are just refining that approach at this point.
I think in the mid 90s, when this technique was first developed I think that was a big breakthrough because now we are providing as much benefits to the patient as far as making the breast look as natural and back to form as we can, and also minimizing the problems of where we took that tissue from, and that’s the big benefit of this operation because it keeps their core strength, it gives them somewhat of a tummy tuck, which some women would like and gets them back to the point that they were hopefully, as close as we can get to the point that they were before their cancer operation.
About Dr. William Casey, M.D.:
Dr. William J. Casey, M.D., is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. Dr. Casey graduated from Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Wake Forest University Medical Center in North Carolina. He then completed his residency in plastic surgery at Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Minnesota and in general surgery at Greenville Memorial Hospital in South Carolina.