I’m often called upon by patients, other breast doctors, and gynecologists to perform corrective breast surgery. Patients present from previous cosmetic breast augmentations or reduction and from previous mastectomy breast reconstruction. Over my eighteen years as a Plastic Surgeon I’ve developed a reputation as a thoughtful problem solver and solid technician. Many of my patients come to me having had three, four or up to seven previous surgeries. In nearly all instances, I can correct problems in one single surgery. I find that a common theme has been that past surgeries either lacked proper well thought out planning or did not go “the extra mile” in technical execution.
The most common problem I encounter is repeat failures to fix cosmetic implant malposition and shape appearance.
I use my extensive background as an artist to help guide me. To me, the female breasts, with an implant, are a living work of art and as such the surgeon needs to strive for the highest level of aesthetics. Great pride and care must be taken in the plans and execution. Proper implant selection, based on numerous features often missed by the original surgeon (such as rib torso shape) along with reconfiguring the implant space is critical to achieving lasting, desirable results. I call it “wizardry of the implant capsule space”. Working surgical magic is just tedious and time consuming, but the recoveries are (surprisingly to the patient) uneventful and relatively discomfort free. This holds true in post mastectomy reconstructions as well. Repositioning the original scar capsule and reshaping the entire space is tedious but very rewarding for both the patient and the surgeon.
As we approach Thanksgiving, I think we should all take the time to give thanks for the many little things that add up positively in our lives. For me, being recognized in one month by three different organizations for my positive impact on the lives of so many is cause for me to give thanks to have the support needed by so many in my life so that I could positively impact the lives of others. I humbly accept being named an Honoree at the
2013 American Cancer Society Diamond Ball, being named a Top Doc once again by New Jersey Monthly magazine, and for being named a Top Surgeon in Healthy Living Magazine.
Thanks everyone and have a warm Thanksgiving.
New Jersey Monthly Interviews Dr. Spiro for Best Doc
The following comes from an interview done by a magazine for a Top Doctor’s issue. We will present 5 questions and answers each week for 3 weeks. Enjoy.
1. How do you define success for yourself or for your practice?
Success is a measure of happiness. If I have happy patients, then I’m successful and happy.
2. What is the most rewarding aspect of your work?
When patients are truly grateful for the efforts and outcomes I have worked so hard to achieve for them.
3. Any awards/distinctions/honors within the last five years that you’d like to mention?
– 5 times Top Docs – New Jersey Monthly
– Excellence in leadership awarded to me from my Department of Plastic Surgery (56 surgeons), at the completion of my 4 years as Chairman of the department in 2011.
4. What are you most proud of with regard to your career?
I’ve worked nearly 20 years in plastic surgery and have performed more than 17,000 procedures. Every patient, every single time, got my best effort! That’s what I am most proud of.
5. Is there anything philanthropic you wish to cite?
I’m too modest to cite specifics. Let’s say that other than philanthropy what little free time I have, I donate to my art career in painting and to St. Barnabas Medical Center where I serve on the Board of Trustees.
Click here to read the first 5 questions
Click here to read the second set of 5 questions