From: a patient in another area
Subject: Att: Dr.William R. Morgan
Date: Sat, 18 May 2002 13:30:15 +1200
Dear Dr. Morgan:
I was given your name as a reference. I had breast implants put in 15 years ago in California and have developed
'capsuls' so they need to be replaced. I have had a consultation with a doctor and have a tentative surgery appointment on May 29th.
Have you worked with this doctor? He mentioned that he travels to meetings several times a year for training. Do you need to qualify to become a member of the ASCBS? Are qualifications, backgrounds, etc. checked? Are there any other organizations or qualifications that I should check?
A lot of my concern relates to the horror stories we hear about breast surgeries
, and I would like to feel comfortable about this operation. Is it considered a very complex procedure? When I originally had it done, I was under general anesthetic, but now
the doctor said it done as "twilight sleep", which sounds much less scary. Are there any other questions that you would suggest I ask in order to feel more comfortable with this surgery?
I appreciate any help you can give me regarding this inquiry. I do need to let
the doctors office know within a couple of days whether I will go ahead with the scheduled surgery date so I look forward to your reply.
Thank you for your help,
Dear Mrs. Healy:
I have met this surgeon at the cosmetic breast society meetings and can verify that he, as I think a surgeon should be, is a serious student of cosmetic breast surgery and is current in the knowledge of prevention and
management of capsule problems and cosmetic breast surgery.
This is not a very complex procedure and is quite common in breast surgery. It would be better to have the surgery there
your surgeon than to fly back here to California to have it done. If I lived
there, knowing him as I do and the type of surgery involved, my preference for myself or a member of my family would be to have him do the surgery there.
I agree with your judgment that the twilight sleep is better and of less risk than general anesthesia.
At the society web site http://ascbs.org under problems with surgery, you will find a summary of our experiences with capsules and other problems. All surgeons have these problems.
Under the members section http://ascbs.org/members.htm , you will find that this
surgeon is a member in good standing and that his credentials have been reviewed.
Also at http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/breastimplants/birisk.html you can see the complications discussed by the fda for breast implants for all surgeons. And no surgeons patients are free of these problems.
It is my opinion from 30 years of this type of surgery and more than 18 years of teaching it that you would have the same risks of complications here in
California and no greater risk in the care of your surgeon. .
Good luck with your decision.
And best wishes.
William Roy Morgan, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Officer and past president of ASCBS
1419 Superior Ave. #2
Newport Beach CA 92663
Web site http://ascbs.org