Experimental Breast Reconstruction


February 24, 2012


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Suzanne Somers turned in 2011, to an experimental procedure of breast reconstruction surgery after being operated of breast cancer, notes People magazine.

Somers, who’d been diagnosed with a malignant tumour in her right breast 12 years ago, underwent a procedure that used her own stem cells.

She learned about it three years ago, when she found Dr. Kotaro Yoshimura, a Japanese surgeon who developed stem-cell breast reconstruction in 2004.

Somers was the first patient to participate at a new clinical trial that she helped launch at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, in August 2011.

Plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Aronowitz removed fat from Somers's stomach via liposuction. He then harvested stem cells from half of the fat and combined them with the remaining amount of fat.

The mixture was injected back into Somers's right breast until it filled a C cup. Somers then had her left breast reduced from a DD to match.

The 2½-hour procedure costs between $14,500 and $19,500 and can be covered by medical insurance if the surgery is a reconstruction. "This whole thing is a win-win," says Somers. "You lose fat and get a new breast." So far 10 more patients have been accepted to the trial.

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