Dr.Panczel’s postoperative pads have replaced the forced air warming system in all patients after a microsurgical breast reconstruction. The patients have described the pads as soft, comfortable and non-scratching.
It gives them safety and security after a traumatic procedure of loosing their breasts.
Comments received from patients:
- It is soft and warm
- It feels nice
- It does not scratch/itch
- It Does not move under the bra
- It gives an optimal possibility to move
- It gives nice temperature
- It feels like it protects the breast
- It is relaxing and gives a feeling of security
Dr. Jian Farhadi
Chief of the plastic surgery unit at the Breast Cancer Centre in Zuerich
About Dr. Jian Farhadi:
Professor Farhadi is a consultant plastic surgeon and previous director of the Department of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital London. Currently he is the chief of the plastic surgery unit at the Breast Cancer Centre in Zuerich. He trained in Switzerland and London, where he developed a specialisation in aesthetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast, including microvascular breast reconstruction. Due to his extensive experience he has become an authority on this subject, where he is regularly invited as a speaker to national and international conferences. Professor Farhadi runs an active research group, where he has published widely. He is the chairman on the London Breast Meeting, an annual international conference. Professor Farhadi is the founder of BRA Foundation, a registered charity to raise awareness on the options of breast reconstruction.
“For years surgeons have tried to find methods to improve the blood flow in the skin of the breast and the complex areola and nipple, and thus reduce the risk of complications after a mastectomy.
Different systems for providing heat, such as electric blankets, hot water… all are uncomfortable for the patient and can sometimes pose negative effects, such as skin burns.
Today, I am glad to work with plastic surgeon, Professor Georg Panczel, from Norway, and his team, who have had the insightful idea to provide heat in a very simple way, which is comfortable for the patient.
We found the solution in the use of a pad in merino wool from LANACare, which is placed on the breast the day before surgery. It acts as a thermal blanket, very pleasant and soft to the touch. It increases the temperature in the covered area. And because it is pure wool, which absorbs moisture without feeling wet, the skin may perspire, which is the most important condition for increasing blood circulation.”
Chief of Plastic Surgery Department,
Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau and Hospital del Mar,
About Dr.Jaume Masia
Dr. J.Masia is Chief of Plastic Surgery Department at Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau and Hospital del Mar, Barcelona, Spain. Dr.Masia is a Member of the National Commission of the Speciality of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Subdirección General de Formación Sanitaria, Ministerio de Sanidad y Consumo, 1998 to 2001. He is Secretary of the Catalan Society of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Academy of Medical Sciencies of Catalonia and the Balearic Islands, since June 2001. Dr. Masia is a numerary member of Spanish Society of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery and Catalan Society of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery. Spanish Society of Microsurgery Catalan Society of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery.
In Norway there are an increased number of women with BRCA mutation, these women have an increased risk of developing breast cancer during their lifetime. The treatment is usually prophylactic mastectomy.
I perform many of these types of surgeries in team with a breast surgeon. In these procedures the breast surgeon performs a so called skin sparing mastectomy and I as a plastic surgeon then reconstruct the breast usually using implants together with skin- muscle flaps or with the use of cellular dermal plates. The main problem is that the skin coverage over the implant can be very thin and thus have compromised circulation and decreased thermal abilities. I have used your wool pads postoperativelly routinely since 2012 to maintain normal body temperature in the breasts and to prevent hypothermia which can lead to yet decreased circulation in the breast skin.
The patients tolerate the pads very good and many continue to use the pads even after many weeks because they find them comfortable and they feel less coldness on the reconstructed breast.”
Dr. Georg Panczel
Head of plastic surgery, Aleris Private Hospital Rogaland, Norway
Consultant Stavanger University Hospital , Stavanger, Norway
“The pads provide warmth, promote blood flow and potentially reduce ischemic problems to breast skin”
Dr. Irene L. Wapnir MD
Professor of Breast surgery,
Chief of Breast Surgery, Stanford Cancer Institute, Stanford, USA