Santosh Kale, MD, MBA
Santosh Kale, MD, plastic surgeon at VCU Plastic Surgery and VCU Massey Cancer Center, is one of a few plastic surgeons in the Richmond area to offer microsurgical breast reconstruction.
Because of the high level of skill and specialized equipment required to perform microsurgery, this form of breast reconstruction is typically only offered at specialized medical centers such as Massey Cancer Center. The purpose of breast reconstruction is to restore the appearance of a patient’s breast following a mastectomy. Microsurgical breast reconstruction, also known as autologous breast reconstruction, uses a patient’s own tissue transplanted from another part of the body to reconstruct the breast.
“Microsurgical breast reconstruction can offer some cosmetic benefits for patients who require radiation treatments after their mastectomy,” says Kale. “Any skin that is damaged from radiation treatments will be replaced by unaffected skin during reconstruction.”