Shared Decision Making: Protecting Patient Autonomy and Informed Consent

SDM is about patient autonomy and informed consent. Shared decision making (SDM) is a collaborative model of clinical decision-making that ensures the patient’s values and priorities are centered during the decision making process. It represents a philosophy of clinical practice that restores and protects patient autonomy and informed consent, and it is one of theContinue reading “Shared Decision Making: Protecting Patient Autonomy and Informed Consent”

Cleveland Clinic Researchers Publish Paper on Aesthetic Flat Closure

You read that right. Cleveland Clinic researchers, in partnership with the University of Toledo, have been researching flat closure. Cleveland Clinic y’all. This week in research to #putflatonthemenu … a collaborative paper from researchers out of the The University of Toledo and Cleveland Clinic just published their aesthetic approach to flat closure in The Breast Journal, entitled “Technical considerations in nonreconstructiveContinue reading “Cleveland Clinic Researchers Publish Paper on Aesthetic Flat Closure”

FDA Issues Landmark Recommendations for Implant Manufacturers

Hot off the press – FDA is listening to women’s voices on breast implants. Today, FDA issued a recommendation to implant manufacturers that include many of the items that Breast Implant Safety Alliance and others have been pushing for: a black box warning to clearly identify risks (this is the most serious warning labeling the FDA hasContinue reading “FDA Issues Landmark Recommendations for Implant Manufacturers”

NPOAS Will Have a Poster Presentation at SABCS 2019

Big news! NPOAS will be presenting a research poster at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium this year, December 10th – 14th. The poster is entitled “Flat closure after mastectomy: are your patients satisfied with the results?” This poster will weave together results from both of our ad-hoc surveys, and will be a springboard for encouraging researchersContinue reading “NPOAS Will Have a Poster Presentation at SABCS 2019”

Plastic Surgeons Are NOT Required to Discuss Aesthetic Flat Closure

It’s true… plastic surgeons are not required to discuss aesthetic flat closure during the reconstructive consult. Christy Avila of Fierce, Flat, Forward was just interviewed by patient safety watchdog blog MedTruth about going flat. Christy makes the excellent point that plastic surgeons are not required to discuss flat closure during the reconstructive consult – so oftentimes women don’t realize thatContinue reading “Plastic Surgeons Are NOT Required to Discuss Aesthetic Flat Closure”

Behind the Pink Ribbon Podcast with NPOAS Founder Kim Bowles

Now you can listen to NPOAS founder Kim Bowles’ interview with Behind the Pink Ribbon, a new breast cancer podcast by author Melissa Adams. Kim speaks about her diagnosis and treatment experience as well as her flat denial and advocacy work since. Original version published on NPOAS’ Facebook page on October 17, 2019

Midwest Breast & Aesthetic Surgery Publishes Videos on Flat Closure

Flat closure to produce a smooth, breastless chest wall contour is a reconstructive procedure. Listen to Dr. Pankaj Tiwari at Midwest Breast & Aesthetic Surgery discuss the issue on MWB’s YouTube channel: Do you consider flat closure to be a reconstruction? Should a plastic surgeon always be involved with a flat closure? Thank you, Dr. Tiwari, forContinue reading “Midwest Breast & Aesthetic Surgery Publishes Videos on Flat Closure”

UCLA Researcher Launches Flat Closure Survey

We are so excited to share this news with our community. Dr. Deanna J. Attai, former President of the American Society of Breast Surgeons and breast cancer researcher at UCLA, has just launched her new study on flat closure! She is making history! This is how we develop a standard of care for flat closure. ThankContinue reading “UCLA Researcher Launches Flat Closure Survey”

October 13th is Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day

October 13th is Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day. Metastatic breast cancer (MBC) is the only breast cancer that kills, and up to 1/3 of patients diagnosed with early stage disease will die of MBC. Hard truths. Women who choose flat get MBC also. Women with breast cancer don’t have time to waste, and often, womenContinue reading “October 13th is Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day”

Flat Closure is Reconstructive, NOT Cosmetic

“Reconstructive” vs “Cosmetic”Surgery In the world of plastic surgery, reconstructive procedures are usually covered by insurance while cosmetic procedures are usually not covered. The question is, does the procedure restore (reconstructive), or enhance (cosmetic)? Clearly, flat closure is reconstructive. It restores a smooth, breastless chest wall contour. Simply removing the breast tissue isn’t enough. WomenContinue reading “Flat Closure is Reconstructive, NOT Cosmetic”