Dr. Papageorgiou: Greetings Irini, we are on first-name terms as we have been operating together on an interdisciplinary basis for a long time and a friendship has also developed over time.

Dr. Angelidou: Hi Vassili!

Dr. Papageorgiou: Let me introduce you briefly. You are a gynecologist trained in Germany with a very broad surgical spectrum. In addition to general gynecological surgery, you also perform minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery and are the head of the Breast Center Rhodes, a department specializing in breast tumors. Here we work together in the field of reconstruction after breast cancer. I haven’t mentioned everything yet, but I’ll stop here to introduce you. Let’s move on to our topic: the Lipo Breast Lift. In other words, liposuction of the breast in combination with a breast lift.

Dr. Angelidou: Yes, we have developed the Lipo Breast Lift together over the last 12 months. This is a very elegant and innovative breast reduction technique. All previous surgical techniques were based on reducing the size of the mammary glands by removing excess glandular tissue. This removal is performed with a scalpel, so it is basically a partial amputation of the female breast.

Dr. Papageorgiou: What do we, i.e. interdisciplinary plastic and gynaecological surgery, do differently with the new technique?

Dr. Angelidou: With the technique we developed together, we reduce the breast volume simply by liposuction. In other words, it is much gentler and this technique offers us the possibility of reducing the mammary glands down to the gram.

Dr. Papageorgiou: Exactly, the volume reduction is much more precise and homogeneously distributed. This is also noticeable postoperatively. The patient feels considerably less pain after the operation and the blood supply to the nipple, which is always under threat, is ensured.

Dr. Angelidou: I agree with that.

Dr. Papageorgiou: We have already operated on a number of very different breasts using this technique. One of them was a gigantomastia, our first case, where we suctioned out over 1 liter of fat per breast and then tightened it. But we were also able to use this technique successfully for smaller breast reductions.

Dr. Angelidou: I am convinced that we have revolutionized breast reduction surgery with this approach.

Dr. Papageorgiou: Yes, viva la revolution!

both laugh

Dr. Papageorgiou: What do you like best about our interdisciplinary collaboration?

Dr. Angelidou: The structure in hospitals, the DRG system, generally makes interdisciplinary collaboration between different surgical disciplines more difficult. Now that I am operating together with a plastic surgeon for the first time and we are on the same level, I realized after the first operation that this collaboration would be very interesting. Then there’s the fun and of course the nice evenings when we go out for dinner together.

Dr. Papageorgiou: Thank you for the nice conversation!