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Topic: Recommendation for surgeons in Pittsburgh

Forum: Breast Reconstruction —

Talk with others facing decisions about whether or not to have breast reconstruction, and if so, what type and when.

Posted on: Sep 8, 2021 05:10PM

Gretchen2021 wrote:

Does anyone have any recent experience with breast surgeons and plastic surgeons for reconstruction in Pittsburgh? I saw several posts from 2012-2015 with recommendations but looking for recommendations and experiences more recently. Thank you to anyone who can share both positive or negative reviews.'

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Sep 9, 2021 07:58AM cyathea wrote:

Hi Gretchen2021, Jennifer G. Steiman, MD was my breast cancer surgeon and Vu T. Nguyen, MD was my plastic surgeon. Both are excellent as you can see from other online reviews. Other doctors and PAs have remarked how good my scars look. I requested a flat closure with nipple grafts, which is not a common procedure for BC. I’m very pleased with the results. Dr Steiman warned me that there was about a 15% rate of lymphedema following mastectomy. Because I already had experienced swollen ankles from a thyroid problem before BC, I was very concerned about this possible side effect. Unfortunately, I am in the 15%, but I’m managing fairly well so far. In addition to being an excellent surgeon, Dr Steiman is also caring and supportive.

I have a few lighter colored parts on my nipples where the cells didn’t survive (which is not unexpected). Dr. Nguyen suggested having those tattooed to have a more even coloring, but I have not done that yet. Feel free to PM me if you have other questions. Wishing you an easy recovery from your surgery.
Dx 6/17/2019, DCIS/ILC, Right, 5cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 2, ER+/PR-, HER2+ (FISH) Targeted Therapy 8/1/2019 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Chemotherapy 8/1/2019 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 10/8/2019 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 10/10/2019 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery 3/17/2020 Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 4/15/2020 Other Radiation Therapy 6/1/2020 3DCRT: Breast, Lymph nodes, Bone Hormonal Therapy 8/20/2020 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Targeted Therapy Herceptin (trastuzumab)

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