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Update: Breast Surgery and Reconstruction During COVID-19

Julie Sprunt, MD, FACS, and Elisabeth Potter, MD, discuss updates to guidelines on when and how breast cancer surgery and reconstruction has changed during COVID-19.
Sep 17, 2020

Drs. Elisabeth Potter and Julie Sprunt work as a team to treat breast cancer and then reconstruct a woman’s breast or breasts.

On April 21, 2020, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons released guidelines on how breast reconstruction surgery can begin again. The American Society of Breast Surgeons also issued updated guidelines on treating people with breast cancer during the pandemic.

Listen to the podcast to hear Drs. Potter and Sprunt explain:

  • why resuming both breast cancer surgery and breast reconstruction surgery will depend on where a woman lives

  • how the surgery process has changed as a result of COVID-19

  • how postoperative procedures have changed as a result of COVID-19

About the guest
Elisabeth Potter, MD

Dr. Elisabeth Potter is a board-certified plastic surgeon who received her medical degree from Emory University. She completed her plastic surgery residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and her reconstructive plastic surgery and microsurgery fellowship at MD Anderson. Dr. Potter specializes in autologous breast reconstruction and has performed more than 750 DIEP flap surgeries.

Julie Sprunt, MD, FACS

Dr. Julie Sprunt is a board-certified fellow of the American Academy of Surgeons who specializes in breast surgery, treating all breast conditions. After receiving her medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center, she did her residency in general surgery at the University of Texas at Austin and completed a breast surgical oncology fellowship at the University of Southern California.

— Last updated on June 29, 2022, 2:52 PM

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