Dr. Harness discusses what a woman can do if she is unhappy with her oncoplastic surgery results.
Dr. Harness, M.D.:
The answer is that with latissimus dorsi flaps from the back, with deep flaps from the abdomen, even the old TRAM flaps from the abdomen, if the size and the amount of tissue is not adequate, you can add a tissue expander initially to try and expand up to the proper size and then go back for a second surgery to put a permanent implant in.
So the option of using expanders and permanent implants with these kind of flap reconstructions is absolutely okay.
About Dr. Harness, M.D.:
Dr. Jay Harness, M.D., is the Director at St. Joseph Hospital Comprehensive Breast Center. Practicing medicine for 35 years, Dr. Harness specializes in general surgery and medical oncology. Graduating medical school from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, he conducting his internship and residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center. Recognized nationally and internationally for his work in breast and endocrine surgery, Dr. Harness is the immediate past-President of The American Society of Breast Surgeons and is President-elect of Breast Surgery International. Dr. Harness can assist patients in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.