They Are Not Surgeons; They Are Miracle Workers.

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When I was 19, I was diagnosed with cancer in my right leg. I had an operation to remove the cancerous tissue and some lymph nodes. I would have never expected that 6 years after being told I was cancer free I would develop a condition that comes as a side effect from the original surgery.

In April of 2015 my right foot and leg swelled for no apparent reason. The swelling was painful, caused problems with walking and wearing clothes and shoes. I went to an orthopedic, and for months the swelling continued and he had no idea what it was. I decided to visit my original oncologist, who diagnosed me with lymphedema. My family and I never heard of lymphedema, so I researched it and was afraid of the results if left untreated. Lucky for me, my oncologist referred me to Drs. Ashinoff and Schneider of the Institute of Advanced Reconstruction at the Plastic Surgery Center.

From my first visit, I knew I was in good hands. I needed a few tests to evaluate the severity and where the problem with my lymphatic system started and stopped. The results of tested showed I required two different procedures and both of the doctors would operate on me at the same time. They fully explained what they were going to do during the operation, my post surgery hospital stay and my recovery.

At every step of the way, they treated me as if I was their only patient. Their compassion is real and extended to my family as well. I was back to work in 3 weeks and I am getting better everyday. I cannot express the gratitude for what they have done for me and that we were referred to them. They are not surgeons; they are miracle workers.

-Anna Forte

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