Poland Syndrome is a congenital condition (“birth defect”) that causes failure of the breast to develop. This usually results in a breast that is much smaller than the other, sometimes with a nipple, sometimes without. Procedures pioneered at the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery can allow for lasting correction, balance, and symmetry.
Poland’s syndrome (also known as Poland syndrome, Poland’s syndactyly and Poland’s anomaly) is a condition that can affect the development of the chest, breast, and upper extremity. It is present at birth but often goes undiagnosed until later in life since the severity of the effects varies from person to person. Poland’s is more common in males than females and has been estimated to occur from one in 10,000 to one in 100,000 births.
Women with Poland’s usually have underdevelopment of the breast on the affected side. This may range from a breast that is simply smaller than the other to complete absence of the breast and its associated nipple/areola. The large chest muscle (pectoralis) is also impacted and may be completely absent in some cases. deformities of the ribs and skeletal chest wall may also be present. These developmental shortcomings can be compared to a “congenital radical mastectomy” in the most severe cases.
Breast reconstruction is a commonly sought solution for the breast impacted by Poland’s syndrome. Implant reconstruction is usually suggested as a first step but is made difficult by the lack of chest muscle to cover the implant and the shortage of skin and breast tissue to accommodate the implant. when implants are an undesirable choice or have failed to correct the breast deficiency, dIeP and GAP flap reconstruction can restore breast volume and shape with a natural and soft result.
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The Center for Restorative Breast Surgery, affiliated with the St. Charles Surgical Hospital—the only hospital in the world dedicated to breast reconstruction for women facing breast cancer—was established to serve as a dedicated center of excellence for women seeking the most advanced methods of breast reconstruction. Craig A. Blum, MD; Frank J. DellaCroce, MD, FACS; Scott K. Sullivan, MD, FACS; Chris Trahan, MD, FACS; and M. Whitten Wise, MD are pioneers in the art of rebuilding breasts lost to cancer, preventive mastectomy, developmental defects, and deformities associated with previous surgery. Their sophisticated microsurgical techniques allow for recreation of the breast with natural tissue while preserving strength and restoring beauty. Together, with our Breast Oncology team Surgical Breast Oncologist W. Karl Ordoyne, M.D., FACS and Clinical Breast Oncologist Alan Stolier, M.D., FACS, they comprise a group of international leaders in breast cancer surgery options, pioneering groundbreaking procedures including nipple sparing mastectomy, the Stacked DIEP, the Gluteal Hip Flap, the BODY LIFT Flap®, and the APEX Flap. They have performed thousands of breast reconstruction procedures for women facing breast cancer, seeking BRCA risk reduction, or searching for solutions to existing breast deformities. Their Center is tailored and staffed to cater to the needs of clientele who travel from all over the world for their services. For more information please visit www.breastcenter.com or www.scsh.com.