Albany Med plastic surgeons, who offer more types of reconstruction procedures than those at any other facility in the region, are working to heighten awareness of reconstructive options available to women with breast cancer.
With studies showing that the vast majority of women do not know all of the alternatives available following mastectomies, Albany Med is holding its first Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day — BRA Day — to connect physicians with the public and help spread the word that
“There are so many options now, each with advantages and disadvantages. We want patients to be fully informed so they, along with their physician, can make the best choice for their health and well-being,” said Malcolm Roth, MD, who launched BRA Day as a national event last year when he was serving as the president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
The local BRA Day event will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Hilton Garden Inn Albany Medical Center. There will be networking opportunities with former patients, and information about the reconstruction and cosmetic services available from Albany Med’s plastic surgery team of Dr. Roth, Richard Agag, MD, Ashit Patel, MD, Kristen Rezak, MD, and Oluwaseun Adetayo, MD.
Albany Med plastic surgeons perform all available reconstructive procedures, including saline and silicone breast implants, free flap reconstruction and nipple/areola tattooing and reconstruction.
Free flaps represent the state of the art in breast reconstruction. This includes the DIEP flap reconstruction, which uses tissue from a patient’s lower abdomen, but can also include tissue from the buttocks or inner thighs. This newly reconstructed breast will have a natural shape and feel similar to a real breast.
Drs. Agag and Rezak, fellowship-trained microsurgeons, are the only surgeons in the region offering this type of reconstruction. Several different types of free flap reconstruction procedures (including DIEP, TUG, SGAP, IGAP and PAP) are available depending on a patient’s preference and eligibility.
“Our slogan for BRA Day is ‘Closing the Loop on Breast Cancer,’” Dr. Roth said. “We’ve done a great job of raising awareness of the disease. Now we hope to expand the scope to help ensure that all women facing cancer know the wide array of reconstructive options available to them.”
To learn more about the procedures offered by Albany Med’s breast reconstruction team visit www.amc.edu/reconstruction.