ANCHOR LEAD: A MODIFIED OPERATION MAY GIVE WOMEN WHO NEED BREAST RECONSTRUCTION THEIR BEST RESULT, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Slim or athletic women with breast cancer who’ve had to have their own breasts removed now have another option for reconstruction with the development of a modified surgical technique to harvest so-called ‘love handle’ tissue from the top of the buttocks. Arial Rad and colleagues at Johns Hopkins developed the modification.
RAD: It utilizes fat from the gluteal area and this is not a technique that is totally brand new it’s actually been around for awhile, however the modification that we’ve developed we’ve come up with a way to modify this already existing technique such that we can really enhance the overall esthetic appearance of the buttocks after doing this particular kind of flap and really give the patient beautiful breast reconstruction results. :25
Rad says women sometimes don’t want to have implants for breast reconstruction, preferring their own tissue. While many times abdominal fat and tissue are available, for women who are thin, athletic, or both, this may not be possible, and that’s where this new method comes in. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.