When working with breast cancer patients who are initially diagnosed, Fox said a team of doctors from general surgery, oncology, radiology and plastic surgery, work together to create the best action plan for the patient who opts for a mastectomy or lumpectomy.
Unlike in the past when only radical mastectomies were conducted, leaving an open wound and unsightly scars, Fox wants to ensure that patients know they have options to choose from whether it be implants, using own tissue or opting for no reconstruction.
“I try to talk to every patient with breast cancer whether they have a mastectomy or not,” said Fox. “Even if they have the tumor removed [lumpectomy], this can cause contour irregularities that I can help improve.”
Fox also recommends if someone is considering a cosmetic procedure, whether on or off base, to make an appointment to gain more information about the procedure they are interested in and what to look for as they search for a surgeon. If they choose to go to a civilian surgeon, he can also give plastic surgeon recommendations but does stress that if the procedure is off base, military treatment facilities may not cover subsequent care after the procedure.
“I am here to help them make the decision that is right for them,” Fox said.
To receive care at the 88th Wright Patterson Medical Group plastic surgery clinic, patients must have a referral submitted by their primary care provider.
For additional information on plastic surgery, go to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons at www.plasticsurgery.org.