Dr Mary Ling - Specialist Breast Surgeon

Specialist Breast Surgeon with interest in breast cancer surgery, breast implant removal and breast reduction.

Operating as usual

Photos from Dr Mary Ling - Specialist Breast Surgeon's post 04/05/2022

Removal of bilateral breast implants & total capsulectomy
🔹 14-year-old textured Mentor implants
🔹 Subglandular location
🔹 Indication: BII symptoms

Capsular contracture has resulted in the 'semioval' shape of the implants - the implants were being 'squashed’ (arrows pointing to folds) by the scar tissue (capsule).
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03/05/2022

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01/05/2022

"Robyn Smith watched her mother die from ovarian cancer at 59 and she lost her maternal grandmother to breast cancer at just 52.

So when doctors told her she was carrying the faulty BRCA2 gene - making her 87 per cent more likely to develop breast cancer - she made what she calls the “sensible choice”.

She opted to have both breasts removed and replaced with implants.

But the move, aimed at promoting longevity, proved highly troublesome.

In the months after her breast implant surgery, the mother of three slowly lost feeling in her hands, her hair began to fall out and her memory was “shot”.

She also had insomnia. At one stage, she was awake for 70 hours straight.

That’s when Robyn connected the dots - her breast implants were the root of the problem.

Looking back, Robyn is flabbergasted at what she believes is a prevailing attitude about a woman’s appearance.

“Each time I saw a surgeon about getting my implants out, they would tell me it’s aesthetically unpleasing to have no breasts,” Robyn tells 7Life."

Read full article on https://7news.com.au/lifestyle/how-mum-who-had-a-double-mastectomy-suffered-brain-fog-hair-loss-and-insomnia-after-getting-toxic-breast-implants-c-6569264
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Photos from Dr Mary Ling - Specialist Breast Surgeon's post 01/05/2022

Breast Implant Illness: Scientific Evidence of Its Existence || A recent review article on Breast Implant Illness, as well as a proposed criteria for diagnosis.

"Expert opinion: We conclude that there is a causal association between SBIs and BII/ASIA. Using data derived from patients with BII/ASIA and from other medically implanted devices, there appears to be clear pathogenic relationship between SBI and BII/ASIA. Breast implants cause characteristic systemic reactions in certain women, leading to symptoms of sufficient severity to warrant device removal. The morbidity suffered is variable. SBI removal resolves the symptoms in most women, and removal is the most effective treatment."

SBI = Silicone Breast Implants BII = Breast Implant Illness ASIA = Autoimmune Syndrome Induced by Adjuvants

Full article at https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34882509/
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Photos from Central Coast Weight Loss Surgery's post 26/04/2022

ANNOUNCEMENT:👙🍑 ⚖️
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Photos from Dr Mary Ling - Specialist Breast Surgeon's post 22/04/2022

Thank you to local artist Jocelyn Maughan OAM for inviting me and Louie along for a private tour of Patonga Bakehouse Gallery and ... a portrait session for Louie. I can’t wait to see the final piece.
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19/02/2022

7 KEY THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT BREAST IMPLANTS - an educational video created by

Watch here 👉 https://youtu.be/FxX4F5VByDw
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Photos from Dr Mary Ling - Specialist Breast Surgeon's post 13/02/2022

RECOGNISING BII || Progress in 2021

The US Food and Drug Administration now requires breast implant devices to include a black boxed warning, in which the risks are listed on the product’s packaging.

This includes warning against the risk of Breast Implant Illness, though the condition is not named.

“Patients receiving breast implants have reported a variety of systemic symptoms such as joint pain, muscle aches, confusion, chronic fatigue, autoimmune diseases and others. Individual patient risk for developing these symptoms has not been well established. Some patients report complete resolution of symptoms when the implants are removed without replacement.”

Visit our website to learn more about Breast Implant Illness 👉 https://www.drmaryling.com.au/breast-implant-illness
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29/01/2022

◼️ Some women may not be able to find out their implant type because the records have been destroyed or lost, or the implant type was never recorded.

◼️ Knowing the type of implant you have can help you understand your risk of complications, especially the risk of Breast Implant-Associated Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) which is associated with textured implants, but it is not essential.

◼️ Guidelines recommend women with implants have annual follow-up with their GP or surgeon to assess for complications, this is regardless of the type of implant or reason for its insertion. An annual breast ultrasound is also recommended if you have textured implants, or if the implant type cannot be determined.

Learn more about breast implant complications 👉
https://www.drmaryling.com.au/breast-implant-complications
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29/01/2022

SWIMWEAR AFTER MASTECTOMY || 🏊‍♀️🩱
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21/01/2022

How do you wish to receive information about your upcoming surgery? This is information about preparation and recovery, rather than information to decide on surgery.

1️⃣ All the information at the start e.g. via a booklet that you can gradually read through

OR

2️⃣ Bite-size information at the relevant time e.g. via a series of short emails throughout your surgical journey

Please comment 1️⃣ or 2️⃣ or vote in story

Thank you for your feedback 🙏
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17/01/2022

ENCORE PROGRAM ||

"The Encore program is a prescriptive exercise and information program designed for women who have been touched by breast cancer. The program runs for 2 hours per week over a duration of 8 weeks and each week the program starts with the land based exercise portion and then hydrotherapy pool exercises, which are designed to increase your level of flexibility and range of movement, increasing in the level of difficulty and resistance over the 8 week time frame.

We encourage you to commit to full attendance to gain the most benefit. Take home exercises are also provided each week. Your facilitators will organise guest speakers to present topics of interest to the group before each land-based exercise session starts. Encore is very relaxed with an aim of having fun."

Programs at available at various locations including Gosford 👉 https://www.ywcaencore.org.au/signup?c=160
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08/01/2022

Definitely not a cricket fan and will probably never buy actual tickets to the cricket 🏏... But I have bought myself virtual pink seats for the Pink Test to support the McGrath Foundation, which funds Breast Care Nurses that provide invaluable support to women who are experiencing breast cancer. Many of my patients are so grateful for the phone call or hospital visit from their Breast Care Nurse during an incredibly difficult time in their lives, and no woman with breast cancer should miss out on this.

There is more day of the Pink Test left - please consider donating 👉 https://www.pinktest.com.au/
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07/01/2022

ELECTIVE SURGERY RESTRICTIONS ||

Due to the surge in COVID-19 infections, the government has announced restrictions in elective cases effective from 10 January 2022.

📌 Urgent cases can still proceed: this includes breast cancer and melanoma surgery.

📌 Day cases can still proceed.

📌 Non-urgent cases that require overnight admission to the hospital will be deferred: this includes breast reduction and breast implant removal surgery.

We have been in contact with affected patients booked for surgery in January and will be in touch with patients booked for surgery in February next week.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet announced in his press conference that these restrictions will be in place until mid-February 😑

Please stay safe during these times, as being infected with COVID-19 will also mean your surgery will be delayed.
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02/01/2022

ELECTIVE SURGERY AFTER COVID19 INFECTION ||

In Australia, a minimum of 8️⃣ weeks of being symptom free prior to undergoing all but minor elective surgical procedures is recommended. Unless, outweighed by the risk of deferring surgery, such as disease progression.

This is due to a higher risk of lung complications and death.

Research Evidence:

🦠 In the COVIDSurg Collaborative study patients with a pre-operative COVID-19 diagnosis, mortality was increased in patients having surgery within 0–2 weeks, 3–4 weeks and 5–6 weeks of their COVID-19 diagnosis. Surgery performed ≥7 weeks after COVID-19 diagnosis was associated with a similar mortality risk to baseline. After a ≥7-week delay, patients with ongoing symptoms had a higher mortality than patients whose symptoms had resolved or who had been asymptomatic.

🦠 In a sub-group of patients from the COVID-Surg-Cancer study, patients were operated on at different time points after a previous COVID-19 infection. Previous COVID-19 infection was associated with increased odds of pulmonary complications compared to no infection 10·7% (12/122) versus 3·6% (16/448). Pulmonary complications and mortality were lowest at least 4 weeks after notification of a positive swab test.

🦠 A single centre retrospective cohort study in New York City found that detection of COVID-19 infection within 4 weeks before, or 5 days after surgery, is associated with increased risk of 5-day post-operative respiratory failure and 30-day mortality.

🦠 A large prospective cohort study found major, elective surgery 0-4 weeks after COVID-19 infection is associated with increased risk of postoperative complications. Surgery after 8 weeks after COVID-19 diagnosis not associated with increased complications.

Source: COVID-19 Critical Intelligence Unit 👉 https://aci.health.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/critical-intelligence-unit/living-evidence-surgery
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Care You Can Trust, Close To Home

Dr Mary Ling is a Specialist Breast Surgeon who is passionate about delivering the best breast cancer care to maximize life after cancer. She collaborates with the local multidisciplinary team to provide a personalised and coordinated treatment plan. She is also an advocate for using the least invasive surgical techniques to achieve the best oncological and cosmetic outcome.

Dr Ling is also an experienced General Surgeon, with expertise in gallbladder, hernia, gastric band removal, melanoma and skin cancer surgery. She is accredited to perform colonoscopies by the Gastroenterological Society of Australia.

Dr Mary Ling operates at Gosford Private Hospital, Brisbane Waters Private Hospital and Tuggerah Lakes Private Hospital.

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Suite 6 / 16 Hills Street
Gosford, NSW
2250

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 9am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 9am - 4:30pm
Thursday 9am - 4:30pm
Friday 9am - 4:30pm

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