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Plastic Surgery Grand Rounds: Thursdays, 5-6 pm, Room 444B, School of Medicine
Clinical Care: For patient appointments and physician referrals, please call 210-450-9220
Howard T. Wang, MD
Chief, Division of Plastic &
Associate Professor of Plastic
Surgery and Otolaryngology
Program Director, Plastic
Surgery Residency Program
Dr. Wang's interests include
reconstructive breast surgery,
of the lower extremity, head
and neck and breast of which
he has extensive training.
Welcome to the Division of Plastic Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Our mission is to provide patients with quality care that is compassionate, patient centered with emphasis on patient safety. Our physicians have trained at some of the finest institutions in the country and are dedicated to assisting patients in their time of need. We provide services in both reconstructive and aesthetic surgery. We offer services in general reconstruction, microvascular reconstruction, breast reconstruction, hand and extremity reconstruction and trauma, craniofacial reconstruction and trauma, and aesthetic surgery. We also provide education to both medical students and residents training in Plastic Surgery. Our research efforts have produced publications in journals such as Tissue Engineering and we have ongoing studies both within the Division and in collaboration with research scientist here at the University. We thank you for visiting our webpage and feel free to contact us with any questions about our services or to schedule an appointment.
-- Howard T. Wang, MD
Reconstructive breast surgery — Rebuilding hope after mastectomy or lumpectomy
Reconstruction of a breast that has been removed due to cancer or other disease is one of the most rewarding surgical procedures available today.
Each year more than 200,000 American women face the reality of breast cancer. Today, the emotional and physical results can be very different from what they were in the past. New medical techniques and devices have made it possible for surgeons to create a breast that can come close in form and appearance to matching a natural breast.
To many women, the loss of a breast is still a devastating occurrence, one that strikes at their very sense of self. They may feel less feminine without a breast, find it awkward to have a missing breast or breasts under clothes, and find using a prosthesis, or rubber breast form, difficult, and will choose to undergo breast reconstruction after mastectomy.
Breast reconstruction (surgery to rebuild a breast's shape) is often an option after mastectomy. Some health insurance plans pay for all or part of the cost of breast reconstruction and, also, for surgery to the other breast so that both breasts are about the same shape and size. The breast reconstruction process can also entail reconstruction of the nipple, including tattooing to define the dark area of skin surrounding your nipple (areola).
Although the reconstructed breast will not have natural sensation, the surgery can create the look of a breast. Breast reconstruction options should be discussed by the patient, the breast surgeon and the plastic surgeon prior to the mastectomy, even if reconstruction is planned for some months post-mastectomy. Two or more operations may be required in order to achieve a correctly positioned and natural-appearing breast.
(pictured, left to right) Gary Alter, MD, 2010 Visiting Lecturer;
Son Nguyen, MD; Curtis Crane, MD; Kristen Yee, MD; Howard T. Wang, MD;
Shiliang Chang, MD; Luis Jaramillo, MD; and Fawn Hogan, MD
(pictured, left to right) Luis Jaramillo, MD (left), Gary Alter, MD,
2010 Visiting Lecturer, and Howard T. Wang, MD.