Hawaii Plastic Surgeon Discovers Breast Cancer During Implant Surgery

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE : October 28, 2013

Dr. Larry Schlesinger found a malignant tumor while performing breast enhancement operation

HONOLULU, HAWAII – Honolulu plastic surgeon Dr. Larry Schlesigner, MD, F.A.C.S., of the Breast Implant Center of Hawaii, makes a life-saving discovery during a recent breast implant procedure.


As the doctor inserted implants via incisions in the patient’s armpits he  discovered the lump.

“It was round, slightly larger than a ping pong ball, and it two little roots going up. And my first thought was, ‘Oh, this is something neural.’ My second thought was that it was a fatty tumor, which are notoriously benign,” explained Dr. Schlesinger, who has been practicing as a board-certified plastic surgeon for 32 years. With a background in general surgery, Dr. Schlesinger realized it would be prudent to remove the growth, which was subsequently sent away for testing.

The biopsy revealed that the tumor was, in fact, malignant. Dr. Schlesinger had the difficult task of informing his patient about the discovery. He also provided her with referrals to oncologists specializing in the treatment of breast cancer.

“We moved quickly on it…If Mary Lou had gone to someone who went through the nipple or performed an infra-mammary incision, that tumor would be growing and growing and metastasizing to other parts of her body. Who knows when they would have finally discovered it,” Schlesinger added.

The patient, Mary Lou Di Ponticello, credits Dr. Schlesinger with discovering the life-threatening tumor. She is currently undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

To learn more about Dr. Larry Schlesinger, visit www.BreastImplantCenterOfHawaii.com