Surgery – Where and How is it Performed?
- The surgery is performed in my state of the art surgery center that is accredited by The Joint Commission. In New York State, accreditation was voluntary until July 2007. Even though not required, we underwent voluntary accreditation when I opened my facility in 1999. In 2003, we were the first plastic surgery office based surgical facility on Long Island to attain accreditation from this organization.
- The surgery is performed under general anesthesia, which I feel is the safest for this type of procedure. I utilize the services of two excellent and skillful board certified physician anesthesiologists, Adrienne Levy, M.D. and Brian Slepian, M.D. I have worked with them since first going into practice in 1994. They have performed numerous anesthetic procedures upon not only my staff, but on my own family members as well! They specialize in ambulatory anesthesia and are especially skilled at making sure you recover as quickly as possible and feel comfortable when you leave our facility after surgery.
- The nurses and surgical technicians are full time employees at the University Medical Center at Stony Brook and the North Shore SurgiCenter. I have worked with many of them for over ten years. They are the best of the best!
- The surgical procedure will last between 35 and 55 minutes in most cases, depending on what issues needs to be addressed. During the surgery, I utilize specialized surgical retractors that I personally designed for this procedure (Epstein Breast Retractors). In the operating room with me will be the anesthesiologist, the circulating nurse and the surgical technician, who is my assistant during the surgery. After the surgery, you will be taken to the recovery room where you will wake up. You will have your own private nurse who will be responsible for your care alone while you are recovering from surgery. She will then give post-operative instructions to you and your family member, and when you are ready, she will discharge you from the facility. When you leave the facility, the only dressing on your breasts are steri-strips (little sticky paper strips) over each incision. No special bras, bandages, wraps, straps, gizmos, gadgets and pain pumps are required.