Breast Reconstruction Surgery Using Biological Tissue

9/7/2012

Breast reconstruction surgery, using biological tissue, was successfully performed for the first time at the Ziv Medical Center on a cancer patient who underwent a mastectomy. The patient was released following a successful recovery from the operation.

To date, residents of the region who needed breast reconstruction surgery had to travel to other Medical Centers offering this procedure.

In certain cases, in cancer patients undergoing a mastectomy, it is not possible to cover the silicone implant with muscular tissue in order to complete the reconstruction of the breast and therefore biological tissue is used. This gives the patient a more natural result, eliminating the use of large implants and enabling reconstruction of the breast in one stage instead of the customary two stages.

Dr. Shukri Kasis, a senior surgeon, specializing in plastic surgery at the Ziv Medical Center, who performed the operation, said “Coping with a mastectomy is not easy. The use of biological tissue allows for a more natural creation and appearance of the breast, greatly easing the difficulties of coping with the loss of a removed breast. This new service enables women with breast cancer to undergo the procedure of resection and reconstruction close to their home, eliminating the need to travel to a more distant hospital”.

According to the data from the Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common malignant disease in Israel, in fact in the Western World. About 4000 women are diagnosed each year in Israel with breast cancer, one in every eight women may suffer from breast cancer. If the disease is diagnosed in its early stages, treatment success can increases to 90%. The number of women who recover from breast cancer is steadily growing, due to raised awareness of the importance of early detection as well as improved techniques of treatment.

According to the National Cancer Registry and the Centers for Disease Control in the Ministry of Health, the incidence of breast cancer in the Galilee is among the highest in Israel. The latest data regarding the district of Zefat, indicates that 80-90 women are diagnosed with breast cancer annually, and they join a group of over 500 women who are monitored by the Oncology Institute at the Ziv Medical Center in Zefat.


From left to right: Dr. Shukri Kasis, Dr. Amram Hadari, Deputy Head of the Surgery Department,
Dr. Andrei Podrenko, a resident doctor in the Surgery Department