Patient Stories Southlake
I was diagnosed with breast cancer on April 21 – very small tumor and caught very early – and after much research, prayer and thought, I chose a bilateral mastectomy with breast reconstruction through the DIEP flap microsurgical procedure (a seemingly big solution to what appeared to be a small problem) and had the surgery on June 13. Dr. Nabil Habash was highly recommended to us by my general surgeon who performed the mastectomy, Dr. Declan Fleming (who also happens to be a dad at the classical Christian school where I teach kindergarten.) Dr. Habash impressed us from the very first appointment with his candor, willingness to spend an inordinate amount of time explaining the surgery, DIEP flap procedure and recovery process and his ability to listen to and address our concerns. It is obvious that Dr. Habash is passionate about this type of breast reconstruction but he was very careful to explain that if we weren’t 100% committed to it, then we should choose something else – like implants or treatment through a lumpectomy and radiation. It was a very hard decision to make and it finally came down to me deciding that I only wanted to choose once – I didn’t want to go through this all over again 10 or 15 years down the road if the cancer ever came back. I also wanted to leave the hospital and be “done” – not have to continue radiation treatments for weeks or implant inflations for weeks and I didn’t want to deal with some of the other possible long-term effects of implants – plus, I have to be honest and say I liked the idea of the perk of a tummy-tuck and using my own tissue. I am absolutely convinced I made the best choice for my situation and that Dr. Habash was the most knowledgable and experienced surgeon I could have chosen. My husband and I have been continually impressed with Dr. Habash’s thoroughness, his humility and lack of arrogance, his willingness to listen and explain and his compassion. Dr. Habash was always careful to communicate clearly what we should expect during each part of this long process – beginning with the surgery and immediate recovery and all the way through the final revision. It has been as important to Dr. Habash as it has been to us for me to be cancer-free but to also feel good about how I look, physically, and to be pleased with the “finished product.” From the first surgery and then through my two revisions, the nurses and staff at the hospitals have gone out of their way to communicate to us just how highly they think of Dr. Habash, how much they love to assist him in the OR and in recovery and how they look forward to learning from him as he takes the time to teach and explain new techniques or precedures. Dr. Habash has never communicated this to me personally – but, I consider his practice, his skill, his knowledge and his experience with the DIEP flap procedure as a way for him to minister and bless cancer victims. Cancer is such an ugly and scary word and Dr. Habash is very aware of his patients’ emotions and fears and seems to care deeply about walking with his patients from scared and ugly to healed, whole and well.
From beginning to end, Dr. Ameen Habash was with me every step of the way. At the beginning of the consultation we sat down together and he explained all of the different ways in which a breast augmentation could be pemy positive experience to selecting Dr. Habash as my surgeon. He prepared me for all the different obstacles that I may face before, during and after my surgery. He not only equipped me for the physical changes that I would go through, but the mental changes as well.
I am so pleased with my results and even more pleased to call Dr. Habash my surgeon. I would do it all over in a heartbeat!
– Megan J