Breast reconstruction is designed to rebuild a woman’s breast after a mastectomy. In the past, women in Windsor-Essex had to travel outside of the region for the procedure, because Windsor Regional Hospital did not have the required resources.
With the recruitment of two new plastic surgeons WRH is now able to offer the program.
“It means women in this community do not have to travel to another centre without their family and support networks,” says Jennifer Cameron, Surgical Services Program Manager who worked with the surgeons to get the program running. “They don’t have to pay for travel and hotels and they can have follow-up visits with the surgeon who did their procedure, while they recover at home.”
The program started in December, 2017, with an initial approval for 15 cases a year and an opportunity to expand based on demand.
“We do have all the things that somewhere like London or Toronto has,” says Dr. Kristina Lutz. “It’s not like we are a community hospital lacking in things. In some cases we can even offer a better experience because of the support of the Windsor Cancer Centre Foundation.”
The Windsor Cancer Centre Foundation has helped fund equipment and supplies for the program. It is also covering the cost of nipple and areola tattoos for patients to complete the look.
More information on breast reconstruction and the options available in Windsor can be found in the Breast Reconstruction Patient Education Booklet.
On November 27, 2018, WRH hosted its first Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day event for patients, family members, and healthcare professionals to learn more about the program.
WATCH: The following video was recorded live in the Windsor Regional Hospital Auditorium at the BRA Day event. Plastic Surgeon Dr. Hana Farhang and her patient Lee Monaghan share their expertise and experiences and answer audience questions about breast reconstruction.
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