Breast Cancer Patient Requests Christian Surgeon

Sean Boutros, MD, FACS Houston Plastic  Craniofacial & Sinus Surgery

Sean Boutros, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic
Craniofacial & Sinus Surgery

The Texas Medical Center is the largest medical complex in the world. For many patients, choosing the “right” physician for their care and treatment can be overwhelming. Most people begin looking for a specialist online using a search engine, while others take a more personal foundational approach based on personal values and beliefs.

After a long family history of breast cancer, Faith Daniels, 52, had been on a watchlist with routine mammograms since her 30th birthday. At 36, she discovered a lump. At 46, the lump began taking aggressive growth, and she asked her breast surgeon Dr. Jo Pollack for a recommended breast reconstruction surgeon. “I wanted a Christian surgeon I could pray with and who would pray over me before we went into surgery,” Daniels explained.

Six years ago, immediately following a double mastectomy performed by Pollack, Daniels underwent a Bilateral Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator (DIEP) flap breast reconstruction procedure performed by Dr. Sean Boutros. The technique involves transferring the fatty tissue into the breast pocket without using muscle. Only blood vessels are taken with the fat, and microsurgery is used to reconnect the vessels. “The DIEP procedure doesn’t take a woman’s femininity, her sexuality, her body image or her self-esteem,” Boutros explained.

“From the moment we went to see Dr. Boutros and first met him in his personal office, not in a patient room, we knew we were in the right place,” Daniels said. Her concern did not center on herself. She knew her family would have a challenging road of their own. “They would be left to fend for their own emotional journey, unless I found a doctor who would extend the care and compassion and the communication to the families. I knew I would have doctors and nurses and all kinds of people fussing over me,” Daniels explained. “Dr. Boutros and his staff did that and beyond. Knowing that they were cared for allowed me to only worry about  me. That’s exactly what my husband and my children needed. Dr. Boutros instilled confidence by making sure he connected with my husband. It was critically important in my decision process and recovery. He and his team took care of me during one of the best most difficult times in our lives.”

Today, Daniels is still putting other people first. Her advice to other women is “to know you are so much stronger than you think you are. You need to surround yourself with people who will remind you of that every step of the way. Dr. Boutros and his staff are awesome reminders. I would and do refer him to anyone who asks. I tell them he is a doctor who invests himself in his patients.”