Toronto Cosmetic Surgery Institute

September 21, 2011 08:15 ET

Dr. Martin Jugenburg of Toronto Cosmetic Surgery Institute Says Most Canadians Unaware Provincial Health Care Covers Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy

- Offering WOMEN A CHOICE and Sense of CONTROL - both important aspects of recovery

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 21, 2011) -

Attention: Health, Lifestyle, Women, News Editor

When it comes to breast cancer, removing harmful tissues is only one part of the healing process. Many survivors consider reconstructive surgery an important step in re-establishing a sense of normality and self-confidence, and yet only 9 per cent of Canadian breast cancer patients opt for these procedures. Dr. Martin Jugenburg of the Toronto Cosmetic Surgery Institute hopes to change all that.

National Breast Reconstruction Day is on October 19 and Dr. Jugenburg is among a host of Canadian doctors urging women who have or will undergo a lumpectomy or mastectomy to seriously consider the benefits of reconstructive surgery. Relatively unknown is the fact that these procedures are fully covered by Provincial Health Care, and include the option to reduce or lift the non-affected breast in order to create symmetry with the affected breast - all without cost to the patient.

"Only a sliver of the population is aware they can choose to have reconstructive surgery done following breast cancer surgery, yet undergoing the procedure with a qualified, proven surgeon can completely change a patient's life now and in the future," says Dr. Jugenburg.

Recent research from The American Society of Plastic Surgery and the Canadian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery confirms his statement. According to their findings, breast reconstruction immediately following a mastectomy is linked with significantly improved survival rates. In addition, the U.S. National Cancer Institute found a 26 percent reduction in mortality rates among those who underwent immediate reconstruction – they attributed this to the patients improved sense of well-being.

"Patients undergoing a mastectomy directly followed by reconstruction surgery have less surgical time to endure and typically experience better long term results physically and psychologically. They also bypass issues that could arise if reconstruction is done in a separate and later surgery. These patients tend to have boosted self-esteem and ultimately tend to be more content in the long run."

Jugenburg adds "Reconstructive surgery not only rebuilds the breast that is lost, it can also restore a woman's self-image and help her to return to a sense of normalcy after cancer."

A recent UK study found that weekly, moderate exercise can significantly reduce a patient's risk of side effects and cancer reoccurrence – a routine Dr. Jugenburg has long promoted.

Breast cancer patients' risk of recurrence and of dying from the disease can be reduced by up to 40% by doing 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity per week - study, Macmillan Cancer Support study.

"Once a patient is recovered, it's very important that they lead a healthy, active lifestyle. Doing so impacts overall health and is a good idea for everyone, but it's specifically beneficial and impacting in cancer patients," Jugenburg says.

Dr. Jugenburg's reconstructive techniques:

Offering many state-of-the-art reconstructive procedures, Dr. Jugenburg is one of Canada's top reconstructive surgeons. Among his breast reconstruction techniques is fat grafting - a recent and exciting development in the world of breast reconstruction. Using fat from a patient's body Dr. Jugenburg can rebuild the breast, as well as correct small deformities, treat radiation injuries, and deliver rejuvenating stem cells to improve the quality of post-radiation tissues. Dr. Jugenburg has mastered the single-stage breast reconstruction technique which uses specifically designed tissue expanding implants - but unlike traditional expanders that require removal, these single-stage implants can be left in place, thus avoiding the need for follow-up surgery.


When possible, the mastectomy scar can be limited to the nipple (areola complex) rather than a diagonal scar across the breast. This approach also saves the breast skin to encase the expander that is inserted through the nipple area to reconstruct the breast.

How Breast Reconstruction can help:

  • Gives women a sense of control
  • Create breast contour
  • Improved breast symmetry
  • Eliminate having to wear a prosthetic breast
  • Improve body-image and self-esteem
  • Return your body to what's familiar and comfortable
  • Lessen the physical reminders of illness
  • Re-establishes a sense of normalcy
  • Regain sense of femininity and sexuality

About Dr. Jugenburg:

Dr. Martin Jugenburg is a board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon. He earned his undergraduate degree in molecular genetics and molecular biology at the University of Toronto before moving to Winnipeg, where he received extensive training in reconstructive microsurgery. He was then chosen from a world-wide pool of applicants to train at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan, where he gained further experience in Microsurgical Cancer Reconstruction As a result, Dr. Jugenburg is able to offer some of the world's most advanced reconstructive procedures to his patients. Dr. Jugenburg has reconstruction surgery privileges at the Humber River Regional Hospital, and performs a full range of body and facial plastic surgery procedures at Toronto Cosmetic Surgery Institute, his private, state-of-the-art surgical clinic located in the Fairmont Royal York Hotel.

Before and after photos available upon request.