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Archive: UW surgeons perform double mastectomy and breast reconstruction on patient with breast cancer

Marsha Olson was 35 years old when she was first diagnosed with breast cancer. When she decided to undergo a double mastectomy, UW Health surgeons opted for a procedure that used her own body tissue for breast reconstruction.

Marsha visited the UW Health Breast Center where breast care embodies a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach with a full spectrum of clinical and support services from general surgery and genetic counseling to innovative breast reconstruction performed by plastic and reconstructive surgeons. A few of the expert team members that were critical to Marsha’s care were general surgeon and UW Health Breast Center Director, Lee G Wilke, MD, who performed Marsha’s double mastectomy, and plastic and reconstructive surgeons Samuel O. Poore, MD, PhD and Ahmed M Afifi, MD who teamed up to perform Marsha’s simultaneous double deep inferior epigastric perforator (DIEP) flap reconstruction.

After a full recovery, Marsha is healthy and happy and thrilled to get back to coaching swimming again. She credits her surgeons and team at the UW Health Breast Center for her phenomenal outcome and recovery. Click here to learn more about this remarkable story.

Learn more about the UW Health Breast Center.

Learn more about Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator (DIEP) Flap Reconstruction here.