DiagnosisWe spend time with you to explain your diagnosis in a way that is easy to understand, including study results, treatment options, and follow-up care.
GuidanceOur goal is for you to have the information you need to make the best possible decision about your care and for you to participate in your own care.
TreatmentTailored to your specific needs based on your diagnosis and history. We will assist you in choosing the best treatment options.
We take pride in obtaining excellent results for of our patients. Therefore, we stay up to date on the latest diagnostic techniques including 3D mammography, MRI, and minimally invasive biopsy.
- Consultation within 48 hours, if not the same day
- In-office ultrasound-guided biopsy for rapid diagnosis
- Stereotactic biopsy
- Genetic testing for BRCA; risk assessment
- Nurse navigator for seamless care
- Plastic surgery consultation to discuss reconstruction options
ReconstructionBreast reconstruction is a physically and emotionally rewarding procedure for women who have lost a breast due to cancer that is aimed at restoring a woman’s sense of normalcy and breast symmetry in clothing without the need for an external breast prosthesis.
Your consultation will include determining whether you are a candidate for reconstruction, learning your reconstruction options, and a thorough discussion regarding the entire reconstruction process.
Reconstruction Options Include:
- Immediate (same time as mastectomy) or Delayed (months or years after mastectomy)
- Revision reconstruction
- Implant-based reconstruction
- Autologous (your own tissue) reconstruction
- Latissimus dorsi flap
- TRAMP flap
- Oncoplastic reconstruction
If necessary, your care will be coordinated with Medical and/or Radiation Oncology for a complete multidisciplinary treatment including enrollment in Clinical Trials for the most up-to-date treatment.
We also welcome second-opinion consultations.
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Nicholas A. Tarola, MDDr. Nicholas Tarola is a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon with extensive training in both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the face, breast, and body. He obtained his medical degree from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia where he stayed to complete a 6-year general surgery residency. Finally, he moved to Nashville where he completed his plastic surgery fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Since the start of his surgery training in 2003, Dr. Tarola has had a special interest in breast reconstruction providing women a natural appearing breast with a sense of wholeness and normalcy after mastectomy or lumpectomy.
Mark Akins, MD FACSDr. Akins is a Board-Certified General Surgery in practice since 1995. He received his medical degree from Emory University and completed his general surgery residency at the University of Tennessee. He has served in a variety of leadership positions, including Chief of Surgery at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital and StoneCrest Medical Center and President of the Stones River Medical Society.
Dr. Akins has a special interest in treating benign and malignant diseases of the breast utilizing the most advanced and minimally invasive techniques with a high level of commitment to providing women with treatment options that suit their physical and emotional needs.
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