I met with Dr. Hunsicker in the Summer of 2018 as I recently discovered I was BRCA 1 +. My sister had already received a breast cancer diagnosis, had chemo treatments and reconstruction with expanders. I was looking for a reputable surgeon to perform a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy. I had heard about DTI – direct to implant – and was curious in being able to have one surgery, since this was for preventative measures it was possible for me to be a candidate. As my luck would have it I was a candidate and in August of 2018 I had a NS PBM DTI OTM – nipple sparring, prophylactic bilateral mastectomy, direct to implant, over the muscle. From the time I checked in for surgery until I went home was 14 hours, the surgery itself was about 6 hours. I was able to sleep in my own bed the same evening!
What impressed me, and my family who had already vetted surgeons in Chicago for my sister, was the attention to detail. The staff was always pleasant on the phone and in person. Prior to surgery I was given a document that detailed the medication, when to take it and what it was for. I was able to pick up the prescriptions a few days before so that was one less thing to worry about. Dr. Hunsicker recommended talking with a nutritionist and seeing an acupuncturist prior to surgery. She didn’t push it, just mentioned the benefits I could see. I had never seen an acupuncturist and after a couple treatments I was surprised how much better I felt with less stress and anxiety. I highly recommend it! As for the nutritionist, I thought I ate pretty healthy, but when you look at the studies about what we put in and on our body and how it’s absorbed, I was up for some education. There was so much I learned, especially using collagen supplements prior to surgery to help my skin, that I still follow the guidelines 8 months after surgery.
Dr. Hunsicker is thorough after the surgery. I saw her and the nursing staff the morning after, not even 12 hours after I left the hospital. I saw her a few days later when I was too scared to remove a pain pump on my own. The staff was so kind when I embarrassingly walked into the office for a 5 second visit. Then for next several weeks I saw the nursing staff at routine appointments.
I had minor issues with a stitch trying to poke out but other than that my recovery was a breeze. I don’t need any revisions and superficially, I look fantastic! I think the holistic approach of a healthy body and mind prior to and during recovery helped a lot as well as physical therapy. I’m very glad Dr. Hunsicker was my surgeon and would recommend her and her team to anyone.