At Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) and UW Medicine, we surround you with experts who specialize in caring for people with cancer.
A handful of people make up the core of your reconstructive surgery team. You will have a reconstructive plastic surgeon from the UW Center for Reconstructive Surgery. The surgeon you see will have a great deal of experience with the procedures that match your needs. You will also have advanced practice providers, nurses and medical assistants. They have a special focus on caring for people before, during and after reconstruction. Before surgery, you will meet with the anesthesiology team to make sure your surgery will be as safe as possible. A patient care coordinator will schedule your visits.
Others join your team based on your personal needs. We have specialists and supportive care team members based at SCCA and UW Medicine who know the issues that matter for people with cancer. All of us are here to help you prepare and recover.
Meet the caring, dedicated people from the UW Center for Reconstructive Surgery who treat SCCA patients. In addition to our medical providers, we also have a dedicated team of clinic and operating room nurses, medical assistants and schedulers who all specialize in reconstructive surgery.
Advanced practice providers
All of our advanced practice providers specialize in reconstructive surgery.
What each team member does
Advanced practiced providers have training that is similar to physicians and can see you without your physician. At SCCA and UW, these health care professionals work closely with your physicians. There are two types: physician assistants (PAs) and advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNPs). They help provide and coordinate your treatment and also help manage the effects of your disease and treatment.
This physician does surgery to improve your function, appearance or both after cancer treatment, if you want or need it. Based on your exact needs, they may work closely with your cancer surgeon to operate on the same day your cancer is removed, or they may do your reconstruction later in a separate procedure.
Your reconstructive surgeon:
- Sees you if your evaluation shows that reconstruction is possible and needed and if you are interested. They meet with you to talk about options.
- Recommends surgery to match your specific case, based on your health needs and your wishes.
- Talks with you about the benefits and risks.
- Answers your questions about reconstruction, like what to expect.
- Does your surgery, along with a team that includes an anesthesiologist and nurses.
- Sees you after surgery to check your healing.
- Offers you ways to prevent, relieve and cope with side effects of surgery.
Coordinates with the rest of your care team if you need other types of treatment.
Many types of supportive care team members are here to help you and your family. They include dietitians, physical therapists, pain medicine specialists, psychologists, social workers, spiritual health staff, genetic counselors, palliative care specialists, naturopaths and acupuncturists.