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Dr. Spiegel presents at WSRM 2017

June 15th, 2017 by

 

 

Dr. Spiegel is honored to be invited to speak at the WSRM Congress this weekend in Seoul Korea.  She will be presenting on “ Aesthetic Refinements in Autologous Breast Reconstruction” to other reconstructive microsurgeons from around the world.  

The (WSRM) is a world premiere organization that was created when the International Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (ISRM) , established in 1970 and International Microsurgical Society (IMS), established in 1972 merged. The organization organizes meets every two years bringing together world renowned reconstructive microsurgeons to share their thoughts, ideas and techniques, and to meet pioneers in different specialized fields within the field of reconstructive microsurgery. The theme of the WSRM Congress this year is “Bridging the gap and beyond”.

 

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Ductal Carcinoma and Pregnancy

April 10th, 2017 by

Meet Marcela~

Marcela Rodriguez is a young woman who was 19 weeks along in her third pregnancy when a small lump in her breast was discovered.  After ultrasound, Marcela learned she had ductal carcinoma and would need a mastectomy followed by chemotherapy.  Once her treatment was completed, Marcela elected to have breast reconstruction with Dr. Aldona Spiegel at the Center for Breast Restoration.

At one time smiling was hard to do, but Marcela relied on her faith, family, and friends to get her through this journey.  Through it all, she stayed strong and positive, and today…Marcela’s smile is free, easy, and infectious.

Developing cancer during pregnancy is not common, however, it is important to remember that with proper planning, treatment is safe and possible during pregnancy.

If you would like to learn more about:

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Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large-Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL)

March 27th, 2017 by

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Breast Implant Associated Anaplastic Large-Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) is extremely rare and treatable T-cell lymphoma, not breast cancer.  There appears to be an increased risk of developing BIA-ALCL in women with breast implants, requiring further investigation.  It has been noted that most reported incidences are women who have textured implants.  To the best of our knowledge, at this point the lifetime risk of developing BIA-ALCL is approximately 1:30,000 in the United States.  While there appears to be evidence of a correlation between the two, it is important to note that ALCL is associated with all implants, including dental.

Currently there is insufficient data to determine the cause of women developing BIA-ALCL.  However, the American Society of Plastic Surgery and the Food and Drug Administration have been working together since 2012 to identify, gather and analyze data of women with breast implants that have been diagnosed with ALCL to determine how to prevent and treat this disease.  Patients that present with late onset, persistent seroma, capsular contractures or masses next to the implant should be tested with CD30 immunohistochemistry.

For more information, FDA, ASPS, Mentor.

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Dr. Aldona Spiegel featured in New York Times

January 30th, 2017 by

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In an article published today on the front page of the New York Times, Dr. Aldona Spiegel, a pioneer in breast sensation restoration, discusses the success she has had restoring breast sensation for many of her patients.  Her patient Karen Holt shares her experience in the article as well.  Dr. Spiegel hopes to bring returning breast sensation to the forefront of breast reconstruction, a very important issue for many women.

Read the NY Times article.

For more information on Dr. Spiegel and her work with nerve restoration.

 

 

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Houston hosts Super Bowl

January 25th, 2017 by

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This year Houston is hosting the 2017 Super Bowl and welcoming the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots to our fine city.  No matter who you are routing for, we hope you enjoy the experience and festivities.  With our close proximity to NRG Stadium and approximately 1 million visitors expected in Houston, traffic will be unusually heavy in and around the medical center.  The week prior to Super Bowl may be particularly difficult to travel in the city since most events leading up to the big day are in and around the downtown area.  If you have an appointment anywhere in Houston, it would be wise to plan for additional travel time.

Dr. Aldona J. Spiegel and her breast reconstruction team at the Center for Breast Restoration are excited for Super Bowl 51 and wish both NFL teams the best of luck!  May the best team win!

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Microsurgery Conference Presentation

January 17th, 2017 by

 Aldona Spiegel ASRM Breast Reconstruction 2017

Dr. Aldona J. Spiegel presents, Immediate Breast Reconstruction:  Shaping the Perfect Breast as an invited lecturer at the 2017 American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (ASRM) meeting in Waikoloa, Hawaii.  Dr. Spiegel is an honored member of the ASRM and  participates as a nominating committee member and mentor for the ASRM Women’s Microsurgery group.

The ASRM was established to promote, encourage, foster, and advance the art and science of microsurgery and complex reconstruction and the ASRM Women’s Microsurgery Group was established  to support women microsurgical and reconstructive surgeons in order to help them achieve their professional and personal aspirations.   Microsurgery.org, 2017.

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Aldona J. Spiegel, MD New Facebook Page

January 12th, 2017 by

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Good Morning and Welcome to our New Facebook page!

We are moving our posts from The Center for Breast Restoration to Aldona J. Spiegel, MD.

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Breast Cancer Patient Education

January 4th, 2017 by

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The Women’s Health Care and Cancer Rights Act of 1998 requires health insurance plans that offer breast cancer coverage, provide coverage for prostheses and reconstruction.  Research has confirmed that although this coverage is available, many women simply are not aware of their rights, less than 50% of women!

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons was instrumental in recently securing the passage of the Breast Cancer Patient Education Act to empower women to make informed decisions about their health care.  To learn more visit Plastic Surgery and Breast Reconstruction USA.

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Under Reconstruction with Dr. Aldona J. Spiegel

May 2nd, 2017 by

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It’s important to know we are not alone AND we don’t have to face breast cancer alone.

Dr. Aldona J. Spiegel’s patients, Jenna, Aleena, Melissa, and Sylvie share their stories about breast reconstruction and their experiences as a patient of Dr. Spiegel’s in an article published by Best of HTexas 2016 . HTexas is Houston’s Premiere Lifestyle Magazine featuring the best of the best in Houston Texas.  Each of these lovely women underwent a different surgery with Dr. Spiegel. Among the surgeries, a lymph node transplant, double mastectomy breast reconstruction, prophylactic skin and nipple sparing double mastectomy with tissue expander to impant reconstruction and a bilateral deep inferior epigastric perforator flap (DIEP). As an advanced breast reconstructive microsurgeon Dr. Spiegel is transforming women’s outcomes in breast restoration.  Not only are her reconstructions and restorations remarkably normal in appearance post surgically, she is returning sensation to women’s nipples when possible.  Until recently this was thought to be a pie in the sky dream of breast reconstruction patients, but with Dr. Spiegel’s microsurgical expertise we are seeing promising results.

Best of HTexas 2016 

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Bra Wall of Hope-Houston

October 27th, 2016 by

I wanted to share an event I just heard about this morning. Today, October 27, 2016 at Memorial City Mall in Houston, Texas (I-10 near Gessner) radio station KRBE 104.1 has erected a “BRA WALL OF HOPE” that will honor and benefit those affected by breast cancer.  As of this morning, it was estimated to be 70 ft. tall.  The money raised from this campaign will go to designated charities, including the Susan G. Komen® Houston.

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