Lymphedema Treatment [transcript] [audio]

Guests: Dr. Russel Ashinoff & Dr. Lisa Schneider

Presenter: Neal Howard

Guest Bio: Dr. Ashinoff is Double Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and The American Board of Surgery. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS). He has been named a Castle Connolly Top Plastic Surgeon as well as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor for Cancer. He has also been recognized as a Top Doctor by Inside Jersey Magazine. Additionally, Dr. Ashinoff has been included on the lists of Top Surgeons and Top Plastic Surgeons since 2008 by The Consumer Research Council of America.

Dr. Schneider is an expert microsurgeon, trained in and practicing all major aspects of plastic and reconstructive surgery. A strong advocate for women and women’s health issues, she emphasizes patient-centered care combined with the highest level of technique. Dr. Schneider has a long-standing interest in breast reconstruction, whether by using implants or the body’s own tissue. She also is the co-director of the Center for Lymphedema Surgery at the Institute for Advanced Reconstruction, where she performs free lymph node transfer, lymphaticovenous anastomosis (LVA) as well as other related procedures and directs multi-hospital prospective clinical trials in order to advance the treatment of this disease.  

Segment Overview: Dr. Russell Ashinoff and Dr. Lisa Schneider, co-directors at the Center for Lymphedema Surgery at The Institute for Advanced Reconstruction discuss one of their cases, Anna Forte, who was diagnosed with lymphedema several years after being cancer free from her melanoma. Drs. Ashinoff and Schneider are among the few physicians to offer a number of pioneering surgical treatments for lymphedema.

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