Fight Breast Cancer with Sky Ridge

Fight Breast Cancer with Sky Ridge


– Hi, it’s Murphy Huston from KOSI 101.1 Radio, here to talk about good things
at Sky Ridge Medical Center. I know you’re probably
thinking is he being paid? Nope, no, I’m here on my own because of the great care my wife received and is receiving right here
at Sky Ridge Medical Center. As you may or may not know, if you’ve followed my life in Denver, I’m a breast cancer survivor. She now is a two time
breast cancer survivor. Carol had first breast
cancer 21 years ago, went through a horrible,
horrible procedure, and then about six months ago she was diagnosed with a second round of breast cancer. And of course, it was very scary for us. Very nerve wracking. We thought we had beat the beast, so to speak. We heard about Sky Ridge. Knew they were great but never had the first time experience. We were teamed up immediately
with a breast navigator, answered all the questions, got us to the right people, got us to the right docs, I was totally amazed by the care. That continued with the
doctors here and the nurses once she was checked in for a few days to recover from the surgery. And one of the great
physicians that helped Carol and still is, is Dr. Chris Williams. – So, Carol and I met
after a scary diagnosis of a second breast cancer. She had been previously
treated for breast cancer in the distant past and now was facing decision what to do. – And once the diagnosis was made we had a lot a tough decisions to make. Dr. Williams helped us, gave us a lot of options. One of ’em, very unique. – She ultimately chose on
removing both of her breasts and then replacing them
with her own tissue. Trying to get a life long reconstruction that once it’s set, it’s set forever, and that is using her own fat and skin, similar to a tummy tuck, is called the D-I-E-P Flap, or DIEP flap. And that’s a muscle sparing technique that preserves the muscle
strength of the abdomen and the donor site, while building one or,
in her case, two breasts, and this is something
that we specialize in, as well as other forms of reconstruction. – Sky Ridge Medical Center. I hope you never need a hospital but if you do, this is the place to come. That care isn’t just for me because of who I am, it’s for everybody. And I saw it firsthand. – We’ve benefited from a
team approach at Sky Ridge and that team approach
includes the surgeons, the nursing staff, the OR staff, anesthesia, et cetera, because of that and
because of doing over 700 we have been able to decrease
surgical times by hours. And our days to discharge is literally two to three days shorter than the national average. This translates into immeasurable benefits for the patients, such as
decreased hospital costs, by two to three days, decreased infections, improved healing, mobilization or walking much faster, decreased complications
like deep venous thrombosis, and lethal things like pulmonary embolism, and because of the success
of this program at Sky Ridge we’ve had exceedingly
low complication rates. – Where are we now. Well, Carol and I are both very optimistic as our trip continues. She has a couple more surgeries but we feel so optimistic about it. And I urge you to take
care of your health. Take charge. Men yes, you can get breast cancer. You know women can. Be checked if you feel a lump. Be sure to take care of yourself and if there’s ever a need, I can highly recommend
the care you’re gonna get at Sky Ridge Medical Center.

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