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New Study Shows More Breast Cancer Patients Are Now Candidates for Nipple Sparing Reconstruction
More breast cancer patients, particularly women with large or sagging breasts who previously did not qualify for certain surgeries, are now candidates for the most complex nipple sparing breast reconstructive surgery using the body’s own tissue. According to a new study published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery by world renowned surgeons Frank J. DellaCroce, MD, FACS; Craig A. Blum, MD; Scott K. Sullivan, MD, FACS; Alan Stolier MD, FACS; Chris Trahan, MD, FACS; and M. Whitten Wise, MD, from the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery.

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Breast Cancer Patients Choosing Reconstruction
Have New “BODY LIFT FlapSM” Option
Doctors Frank DellaCroce, Scott Sullivan and Christopher Trahan of the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery (CRBS) are the pioneers of a groundbreaking new breast reconstruction option. The BODY LIFT FlapSM Breast Reconstruction Procedure is one of the most significant technical steps forward in the history of breast reconstruction. The BODY LIFT FlapSM procedure allows for an unprecedented power to recreate a new breast for women facing mastectomy. Incision design in the waist gives the benefit of a tummy tuck, a narrowing of the waist, and a buttocks lift as a compliment to the collection of fat to recreate the new breasts. The fat taken from the waist is microsurgically transplanted in a double layer for each breast when both breasts are to be reconstructed in a single setting. Drs. DellaCroce, Sullivan and Trahan have documented their review of 100 flaps in 25 cases in an article published in the current issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, citing high satisfaction and success rates and high quality aesthetic outcomes. The Center for Restorative Breast Surgery in New Orleans developed this procedure over several years and is the only facility in the world to offer this new advanced microsurgical technique.

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Stacked Deep Inferior Epigastric
Perforator Flap Breast Reconstruction:
A Review of 110 Flaps in 55 Cases over 3 Years
March, 2011
DellaCroce, Frank J. M.D.; Sullivan, Scott K. M.D.;
Trahan, Chris M.D.
For patients with the need for autogenous reconstruction of a single breast and insufficient abdominal fatty volume for routine DIEP flap reconstruction, the authors present an option that allows for incorporation of the entire abdominal fatty composite with sequential linkage and stacked inset of two individual abdominal flaps. The ability to take advantage of the entirety of the abdominal donor volume allows those with a relatively thin body habitus to enjoy candidacy for DIEP flap reconstruction…
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Breast Reconstruction, Perforator Flap
Sept 10, 2009
By Dr. Frank DellaCroce and Dr. Scott Sullivan
A diagnosis of breast cancer and a treatment plan that includes mastectomy can profoundly affect a patient. Such a patient has concerns about disfigurement and anxiety about her diagnosis. These concerns are addressed with reconstructive techniques that have been developed to provide not only a return to normal clothing and full activities but also a restoration of beauty and femininity…
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Survival in Breast Cancer Patients
Undergoing Immediate Breast Reconstruction.
June 29, 2010
Agarwal S, Liu JH, Crisera CA, Buys S, Agarwal JP.
Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago
Immediate and early-delayed breast reconstruction are the preferred methods of reconstruction in breast cancer patients treated with mastectomy. These options for reconstruction allow for superior outcomes through peri-operative planning between the oncologic surgeon and reconstructive team.
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Awards & Honors:

Dr. DellaCroce FACS, Dr. Sullivan, FACS and Dr. Trahan have been named “Best Doctors in America.”
As part of a nationwide survey by “Best Doctors Inc.”, over 30,000 doctors in more than 40 medical specialties were asked: “If you or a loved one needed a doctor in your specialty, and you could not treat them yourself, to whom would you refer them.”
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The American Cancer Society
Named Dr. DellaCroce and Dr. Sullivan
“Hope Lodge Heroes” for their sponsorship of
a special room at the Hope Lodge – a very special
home away from home for women being treated
for breast cancer.

The American Cancer Society
Has named Dr. Sullivan and Dr. DellaCroce
Spirit Award Honorees for going above and
beyond in the fight against cancer.

The American Cancer Society
Has named Cheri Saltaformaggio a
Spirit Award Honoree for going above and
beyond in the fight against cancer.

New Orleans City Business
Has named Dr. DellaCroce and Dr. Sullivan
“Health Care Heroes”

New Orleans City Business
Cheri Saltaformaggio, CEO, has been recognized
by City Business as a “Women of the Year”
for being an innovative leader with energy, ideas,
achievements and a commitment to excellence.

New Orleans Magazine
Has named Cheri Saltaformaggio, CEO
a “Top 10 Female Achiever”

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 or

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