22 Jun Choosing Your Breast Reconstruction Surgeon
Firstly, breast reconstruction procedures are incredibly personal, as they follow mastectomy or lumpectomy procedures as part of your cancer treatment. You have already been through an ordeal and are starting your recovery process, which should be as stress-free and comfortable as possible. Your surgeon should have an excellent bedside manner and an empathetic nature as well as a great deal of experience in reconstructive procedures. Unlike other breast procedures, reconstruction surgery is incredibly different for each and every patient. No case is identical and the correct qualification and level of experience is a must when selecting the perfect surgeon for you.
On that note, we recommend choosing a Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon who is a member of ASAPS (the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) and ASPS (the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons). By choosing a surgeon from both of these associations you are ensuring that they are fully trained and certified by the Royal Australian College of Surgeons. This means 6 years of legitimate training, lead by experienced surgeons. Their skill set is continually developed through frequent meetings, conferences and further training and only work in accredited hospitals and clinics of a high standard.
Be very wary of surgeons who are not members of the above associations. It is completely acceptable to ask your surgeon about their qualifications and it is very common for reputable, qualified surgeons to have them displayed for their clients to see.
If you are considering your reconstructive surgery overseas, we would recommend you do a great deal of research, and check out the following article from the ASAPS website: http://asaps.org.au/?page_id=542
This article explains all the potential risks and need-to-know information about getting your procedure done abroad. Overseas procedures usually mean more risk involved, as it is much harder to monitor the legitimacy of clinics worldwide. In Australia however, this information is easily distributed to all and the ‘cowboys’ of the industry are generally discovered with a thorough research.
Another important factor to be aware of when contemplating getting your procedure done overseas is the possibility of complications. Post breast reconstruction, you cannot drive for 2 weeks and no physical exercise for a minimum of six weeks. If your recovery is longer due to a complication, not only will you need to stay in that country for a longer period of time, you will also have to go through your recovery process away from your potential support network at home, where you have people who can help, a first-world health system and where everyone in the hospital will speak your language.
Overall, the most important decision you will make is to choose a reconstructive surgeon that will look after you. Someone who is a reputable, experienced and qualified breast surgeon who invests in your recovery journey to a point where you are not just another client. Reconstructive surgery is an incredibly intimate process that will hopefully have you feeling more confident, healthy and beautiful after your cancer surgery. Dr Morris Ritz is a great choice, having a great deal of experience in the industry, a warm and comforting presence and facilities that will have you feeling relaxed, at home and well looked after. Our aim is to have you back home as soon as possible, with a slice of normality that you haven’t felt in quite some time.
For more information about your reconstructive journey, or if you would like to ask some questions regarding your individual situation, please don’t hesitate to call us on (03) 9508 9503. Dr Morris Ritz and the team would be more than happy to meet you and discuss your options.