We provide comprehensive care and treatment to women undergoing breast reconstruction. The program is designed for women who choose reconstruction at the time of mastectomy surgery, or for women who had their mastectomy surgery months or years previously.
The goals of the program are to provide urgent access for immediate reconstruction, reduce wait time for delayed breast reconstruction, and give excellent care and treatment whenever the surgery takes place.
The breast reconstruction program is comprised of an interdisciplinary team involving plastic surgeons, general surgeons, surgical oncologists, a clinical nurse specialist, bedside nurses, physiotherapists, pharmacists, nutritionists and other health care workers. This team approach provides coordinated treatment and care.
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