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New Technology On The Horizon For Breast Reconstruction

When a woman loses one or both breasts to a mastectomy, she experiences trauma on several levels, not the least of which is the dramatic change in her physical appearance. Some breast cancer survivors elect to have reconstruction surgery once medically stable and cleared by oncologists. However, breast reconstruction is not as simple for cancer survivors as having breast augmentation because removal of breast tissue and surrounding lymphatic tissue distorts the chest. It is not as easy as having a consult, working with implant sizers, and selecting the type and size of the implant. There is usually a process that precedes breast reconstruction surgery. For example, plastic surgeons must sometimes create space in the patient’s chest wall before an implant may be placed. Presently, this process requires pre-surgical visits to the surgeon’s office to be treated with an expansive device and/or a series of saline injections to gradually create the required space. New technology under investigation at Columbia University Medical Center may change the way cancer survivors prepare for reconstructive surgery. One New York woman received an “at-home” expansion device designed to create space in the chest wall. This is a small device implanted under the skin that contains compressed carbon dioxide. By using a small, discrete remote control, the patient is able to give herself several small doses each day that expand the tissue and muscle. This is potentially beneficial to breast cancer survivors because they can obtain the necessary treatment in the privacy of their own home, and reduce the number of trips to the plastic surgeon’s office. This technology is called AirExpander. Presently clinical trials are underway, but researchers forecast that the device may receive FDA clearance by the end of 2012. The Eisemann Plastic Surgery Center has a long history of working with breast cancer survivors. Dr. Eisemann and his staff are extremely empathetic to these patients, and strive to do all in their power to make breast reconstruction as positive an experience as possible. Rest assured that Dr. Eisemann stays on top of medical advances such as this one to determine what new, innovative techniques actually work well and are in the patient’s best interest.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update Virtual Consultation

Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dr. Michael Eisemann, Dr. Bradley Eisemann, and the entire staff at Eisemann Plastic Surgery are committed to the health and safety of all of our patients and ourselves.

We are thankful to be connected to Houston Methodist Hospital, one of the most respected hospitals in the country. Because of this, our screening policy is aided by the hospital's official policies and checkpoint screening measures completed prior to entering our building. These measures allow us to do everything we can, at this point in time, to minimize the chance that we expose ourselves or our patients to someone who has been sick or contagious with the virus.

We are fully open seeing new and existing patients, and we continue to offer consults and patient follow-ups utilizing ZOOM video conferencing.

All major hospitals in the Houston area allowing scheduling of elective surgeries and we are performing operative procedures in our procedure room and in our AAAASF certified operating room under local and IV sedation.

We have added new policies regarding the number of patients in the office, and all staff and patients must wear facemasks. We continue to maintain vigilance for hygiene and plan to maintain these policies for some time.

As always, both Dr. Michael Eisemann and Dr. Bradley Eisemann are available by phone and email to answer any questions you may have.

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