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Laser Breast Cancer Surgery_Dr. Anaselli - Dr. A' MessageFollowing my years as a leading surgical resident at Columbia University Medical Center under the tutelage of pioneering breast cancer surgeon Dr. Cushman D. Haagensen, I continued my surgical career at the Medical Center and pursued my interests in innovating techniques to benefit patient care. I joined the original research and development team at Columbia for Hyperalimentation. The results were exceptional and this work was implemented to better supply nutrition to surgical heart patients. This innovation dramatically changed and saved lives during a very vulnerable time for the surgical patient.

I became a founding surgeon at Long Island Plainview Hospital and was extensively part of North Shore LIJ University Hospital (now Northwell Health). My interests continued in advancing surgical care. During the Star Wars trials under the Regan administration, I represented the hospital and was a guest of the mayor of Tel Aviv and Meridor family in Israel. There were a select group of global surgeons invited, representing different fields of surgical care. As a breast surgeon, I was investigating the potential implementation of the Co2 laser. Israeli plastic surgeon Isaac Kaplan had applied the Co2 laser to his burn victim patients and to other areas of the body. The results from the Co2 laser were astounding. It dramatically demonstrated benefits such as trauma-less surgery, sealing and sterilizing benefits which eliminated typical post-operative complications and infections. These sealing benefits also demonstrated reduction in cell spread. Upon returning to New York, I started to pioneer a surgical technique with the Co2 laser, creating a surgical application to different sized breast cancer tumors and for all cancer stages. The results immediately demonstrated an improvement from standard knife surgery. After I completed a Prospective Randomized Trial of The Use of Co2 Laser vs. Scalpel in Breast Cancer Surgery for Elsevier, I continued this FDA approved work lecturing for American Laser Society, American Cancer Society, Symposiums and international governments on my pioneering developments while documenting in Medical Textbooks and Journals.

My advancements in the Ansanelli Co2 laser technique eliminate the need for general anesthesia, hospital stay, Rx medications post-operatively for even the most advanced Stage 4 radical mastectomies with axillary node dissections. Even the axilla region that is highly sensitized typically resulting in lymphedema with a standard knife and cautery surgery, show a dramatic improvement with my Co2 laser technique. The sealing and sterilization benefits to this region are highly beneficial reducing cancer cell spread. The dramatic benefits also include outpatient surgery for radical mastectomies and axillary node dissections, requiring at most a Tylenol following surgery. The patients demonstrate little to no drainage, infection or complications from advanced procedures. Immunologically my patients are stronger as they are not encumbered by medications and have an immediate strength to resume their lives and treatments.

More specifically, the Co2 laser utilizes the natural components of the body’s tissue as it removes the cancer. This is accomplished by vaporizing the water in the cells while sealing the remaining tissues, including the lymphatics and smaller blood vessels. The remaining tissue that is not vaporized creates a sealant. The sterilization and sealing benefits reduce the spread and seeding of cancer cells. There is no remaining dead tumor cells or residual tissue damage from this method. The Ansanelli Co2 laser Technique has no surgical limitations compared to other types of lasers like Laser ablation- hyperlink to laser vs. ablation page. Laser ablation is incapable of providing the variety of surgical procedures or benefitting various stages of cancer and variant tumor sizes. This is because of the surgical limitations due to the different wavelength of light. It also presents many challenges to the patient. Laser ablation is also pathologically incapable of providing the same quality of care as The Ansanelli Co2 Laser Technique. Ablative methods cannot remove the entire tumor for analysis and are restricted to tissue sampling or other modalities to confirm if the margins are cancer-free.

As The Ansanelli Co2 laser technique is a clean surgery, it does not require hospitalization. This prevents exposure to environments that have infection ridden air. This outpatient capability even applies to the most advanced procedures including mastectomies- hyperlink to procedure page and axillary node dissections- hyperlink to procedure page. I have developed a nationally accredited outpatient surgical facility, with a team of highly trained compassionate individuals. They personally support, provide, and guide my patient’s from start to finish. Each patient has a private experience which is very complimentary to the sensitive topic of breast cancer.
It has been my guiding force and passion throughout my long career as a surgeon to advance surgical treatment. The Ansanelli Co2 laser technique provides more benefits to a patient than any other method offered in both standard knife/cautery surgery as well as laser ablation. Revolutionizing the surgical treatment of breast cancer from a scientific perspective has been very rewarding. The greatest gift of all has been the positive and lasting impact it has had on each individual life. This includes seeing Stage 4 necrotic breast cancer patients being cancer free. Providing Triple Negative breast cancer patients with an option that seals the cancer off during removal, and providing an immunologically supportive solution of surgical care. In addition, many of my patients have been cancer-free longer than the national average.

Making choices as a patient that benefit you during a time of vulnerability and fear is a very challenging position. In some ways, this can be compared to the courage and fortitude that it takes a surgeon in trying to make advancements that are unique in how patients are surgically treated. Facts and repeated successful results are what support these brave decisions, and not basing choices just on popular belief. My patients range in age, nationality, cancer type, and gender. They are very educated, informed, and strong individuals that have done their research and have connected the dots in making superior choices, changing their lives, and their breast cancer journey.

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