October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in women, with one in eight women being diagnosed with it in their lifetime. It is estimated that over 220, 000 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 40,000 will die.While it is rare in men, an estimated 2,150 men with be diagnosed and approximately 410 will die each year (http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-facts).In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, NJ Top Docs is featuring The Institute for Advanced Reconstruction at The Plastic Surgery Center.They specialize in breast reconstruction, an option many choose after treatment or mastectomy.

The award-winning surgeons of The Institute for Advanced Reconstruction at The Plastic Surgery Center comprise the largest private plastic surgery practice in New Jersey. They have been trained at top institutions and are renowned for their technical expertise as well as their empathy and compassion for patients. The specialists at this practice have experience with the most cutting-edge advances in the field of breast reconstruction.

Breast reconstruction is the recreation of a woman’s breast through surgery, either with an implant or her body’s own tissue.This procedure can be done immediately following mastectomy or delayed until the patient is medically and/or psychologically ready.There are many different surgical options available, but these plastic and reconstructive surgeons offer personalized advice and compassionate treatment.

They offer all forms of autologous breast reconstruction. Autologous breast reconstruction means reconstruction using tissue – skin, fat and sometimes muscle – from another place on the body.Among the offerings is the DIEP flap, the latest in microsurgical techniques. The name DIEP comes from deep inferior epigastric artery, the blood supply to the abdominal skin and fat.In this procedure, skin and fat are moved from the abdomen to the chest to create a breast. In addition, implant-based breast reconstruction is also available from the physicians of The Institute for Advanced Reconstruction at The Plastic Surgery Center. All methods of breast reconstruction can be used alone or in combination with other procedures. Following breast reconstruction, nipple/areola reconstruction can also be done. Tattooing is offered in conjunction with or instead of nipple/areola reconstruction.

“We are proud to have assembled an expert staff to perform breast reconstruction. Our physicians have the best possible training and wide experience in the microsurgical techniques that are required for today’s innovative procedures.” – Dr. Andrew Elkwood

“My years of performing this surgery have given me the insights into what it means for women who have undergone the devastation of cancer and subsequent mastectomy surgery. It is enormously gratifying to see the psychological and emotional result of what breast reconstruction can provide.” – Dr. Michael Rose

“The option for breast reconstruction is every woman’s right. It is my privilege to provide women with this life-affirming surgery, and to do so with sensitivity and compassion.” – Dr. Matthew Kaufman

“Our goal as plastic reconstructive surgeons is always to give you back what was taken away with your breast cancer diagnosis, to make you feel whole again, and to support you through the entire process.” – Dr. Tushar Patel

The surgeons at The Institute for Advanced Reconstruction at The Plastic Surgery Center include:

Andrew Elkwood, MD, FACS

Dr. Andrew Elkwood is the founder and director of the Center for Treatment of Paralysis and Reconstructive Nerve Surgery at Jersey Shore Medical Center. He developed a pioneering breast reconstruction procedure. He is highly skilled in microsurgery and microsurgical reconstruction after cancer. He is a multiple Top Doctor award-winner. He has been widely published in medical journals and featured in major local and national media.

Michael Rose, MD, FACS

Dr. Michael Rose, Chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, is an expert in reconstruction following cancer surgery. Dr. Rose has been a board member of The Cancer Support Community of The Wellness Community of the Jersey Shore since 2008. Since 2006, Dr. Rose has been recognized as a peer-determined Castle Connelly Top Doctor for the New York Metropolitan area. He has been widely published in medical journals and featured in major local and national media.

Matthew Kaufman, MD, FACS

Dr. Matthew Kaufman is the only known surgeon to perform specialized phrenic nerve surgery, which includes renowned expertise in microsurgery—a skill extensively used in his breast reconstruction procedures. Dr. Kaufman is an award-winning plastic surgeon and has been named a Top Plastic Surgeon every year since 2009. Dr. Kaufman, a Voluntary Assistant Clinical Professor at David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), has published numerous articles and book chapters in the plastic surgery literature and has given presentations at both national and international surgical meetings.

Tushar Patel, MD, FACS

Dr. Tushar Patel is a specialist in reconstruction after cancer surgery and traumatic injury. His exceptional microsurgery training enables him to perform the most sophisticated reconstructive procedures for breast reconstruction. His interest in advanced reconstruction has allowed Dr. Patel to be an active member of the reconstructive team at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey in New Brunswick. He has been recognized as a Top Doctor since 2007.

Russell Ashinoff, MD, FACS

Dr. Russell Ashinoff provides special expertise in reconstructive microsurgery, particularly for breast cancer reconstruction. He is also trained in cutting-edge lymph node transfer for lymphedema, a procedure pioneered in France, where he has traveled to study it.

The Plastic Surgery Center is located in many New Jersey counties. For more information, you can visit their online profile at http://www.njtopdocs.com/ThePlasticSurgeryCenterMonmouthCounty .


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