WHILE breast cancer is often in the news, what's not as well known is who the specialist surgeons are locally.
Both Dr Tony Palasovski and Dr Matthew Beck from Specialist Breast Clinic are fully qualified oncoplastic breast surgeons.
"We offer a comprehensive range of surgical options for women going through breast cancer," Dr Palasovski said.
"Our approach is to give women with breast cancer options to remove the cancer and either preserve or reshape their own breast or if a mastectomy is needed then undergo an immediate reconstruction, that way women will never have to face being flat chested.
"We know that a mastectomy alone leads to many negative physical endpoints and reconstruction upfront has been shown to reduce these.
"We can usually see urgent referrals the next day and even the same day."
The clinic provides specialty surgical solutions across all areas of the breasts including implants/augmentations, implant corrections and removals, breast reconstructions and lifts, as well as procedures for gynecomastia (man boobs).
"Another service is offering symptomatic relief for women with large breasts," Dr Palasovski said.
"A breast reduction is a powerful tool in my armamentarium - it may ease chronic pain, as well as improve self-esteem."
Dr Palasovski established Specialist Breast Clinic to deliver rapid-access and patient-centred care for all across the Illawarra.
Operating exclusively in Wollongong, "I want all of my patients to feel that they are in capable experienced hands," Dr Palasovski said.
"We operate in both public and private sectors, which means for many patients that treatment is closer to the comforts of home and loved ones, plus local access to post operative care.
"Our clinic offers more than just breast procedures.
"I also offer body procedures for the tummy, liposuction and lipotransfer with the ability to combine procedures to reduce recovery and patient down time.
"Both Dr Beck and I also provide minimally invasive procedures such as skin cancer excisions, hernia repair and endoscopies as well as gallbladder removal, some of which can be performed in our rooms with no hospital admission and minimal downtime."
A passion of Dr Palasovski is the fellowship program that was created with the endorsement of Breast Surgeons of Australia and New Zealand (BreastSurgANZ) as an accredited post fellowship training post, one of only a few in NSW.
It is a highly regarded program that trains the next generation of breast surgeons.
"Dr Beck was our first fellow in 2018 who has recently returned and joined the practice," he added.
"We are both accredited through the Wollongong Breastscreen program and as a team we have reshaped the surgical focus of breast cancer surgery for women (and occasionally men) of the Illawarra and the South Coast."
Dr Palasovski lives locally and is raising his own family locally; he considers it a true privilege to be a specialist surgeon for the local community and to make a difference to the lives of people in the Illawarra.
Specialist Breast Clinic provides a warm and professional environment; the team takes pride in ensuring from a patient's initial consultation through to the final procedure that they are supported and provided comprehensive surgical care.