Angelina Jolie’s Breast Reconstruction Surgeon: Take Team Approach to Breast Cancer Treatment

Angelina Jolie’s Breast Reconstruction Surgeon: Take Team Approach to Breast Cancer Treatment


As a top plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills,
Dr. Jay Orringer has had many stars put their health in his hands. None brighter than Angelina
Jolie. Orringer says the fact that Jolie shared her story with the world was extraordinary,
but they way she was cared for shouldn’t be. Jolie chose a team of experts who outlined
her every option. Andy now he’s urging all women to do the same. The team approach is extremely essential for
the entire process of healing and moving on with a good quality life. A team that includes not only doctors and
specialists to treat the disease, but plastic surgeons to focus on life after cancer. To
get that message out, Orringer is teaming up with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons
hoping to reach more patients like Lisa Milenkovic who had her breasts removed before talking
to a reconstructive surgeon. I think I was still so overwhelmed with the
diagnosis, so I don’t know if maybe emotionally I was even ready to deal with that. But experts say from the moment of diagnosis,
the team approach is crucial and it’s not just for celebrities. Increasingly, at places
like Memorial Hospital in Hollywood, Florida, teams meet about every case, and plastic surgeons
offer advice from the beginning. The result may have been better if they had
started the process at the time of the initial diagnosis, and the time of the mastectomy.
And they may have been able to undergo fewer procedures. It’s something Angelina Jolie understood
and her doctor wants to make sure others do, too. Ms. Jolie in getting the word out there has
empowered every woman to believe that she can have a restoration of her beauty and her
wholeness. In Beverly Hills, this is Clark Powell reporting.

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