What’s Love Got to Do With It?

In honor of Valentine’s Day, you’ll find some questions and answers below about cosmetic breast surgery and relationships. They are excerpted from The Scoop on Breasts: A Plastic Surgeon Busts the Myths, which I wrote with my wife, Joyce, my childhood sweetheart.

Can I see your license and registration?
On Valentine’s Day, famous pairs come to mind, like Romeo and Juliet, Hillary and Bill, and Beyonce and Jay-Z. Here are some other pairs that we read about in online forums, where women shared the names they chose for their “girls.” In many cases, they called their breasts by boys’ names! Breast nicknames don’t seem to be interchangeable: Women were specific about which name went with their right breast and which went with their left breast. Here’s a sampling:

  • License and Registration
  • Shock and Awe (Dolly Partons’ choice)
  • Ben and Jerry
  • Tweety and Sylvester
  • Thelma and Louise
  • Bill and Ted (“because they have excellent adventures”)
  • Bogie and Bacall (“old style but still a classic pair”)
  • Dyan and Pachelbel (“two great canons”)

Can you keep a secret?
Lauren (not her real name) got when she was married to her first husband. When she remarried, she kept it a secret from her second husband, which created a challenge when she decided to get bigger implants. Husband No. 2 thought it was her first surgery and asked to come to the consultation with her. When Lauren called to schedule her appointment, she asked us to pretend that we had never met her.

Stephanie (not her real name) was one of my breast augmentation patients. When her 22-year-old daughter expressed interest in implants, Stephanie recommended me but didn’t tell her daughter why. She never admitted that she had an augmentation because she was afraid her daughter couldn’t keep a secret, so I had to.

Will my boyfriend know that I have breast implants?
Most women look natural and proportional after their breast augmentation surgery and can keep it a secret if they are so inclined. If they are ever in the mood, they can choose to show off “the girls.”

One patient told us that she had been with her boyfriend for more than a year. When he complimented her on her “perfect breasts,” she simply said thank you. He didn’t find out that she had implants until he looked through one of her old photo albums and saw a picture of her at the beach – before her surgery. He still thought her breasts were perfect!

After my augmentation, can I let my partner touch my breasts?
Your breasts may look like a masterpiece, but there’s no need to hang a “Please Don’t Touch the Art” sign on them. Breast augmentation is an investment that you can enjoy. There’s no need for a “You Break It, You Buy It” sign either. Your breast implants aren’t fragile.

My partner wants me to get breast implants. What do you think?
If you said this to me in consultation, I would ask if you wanted breast implants. If you said you were happy with how you look, I would tell you to go home. The surgery has to be for you, not to please someone else. Only a few women out of 6,000 have ever asked me this question. Although many men have the fantasy that women get implants to make them happy, they are wrong. Women get implants to make themselves happy. Sorry guys.

Here’s an excerpt from a letter written by the husband of one of my patients: “My wife was unhappy with the size of her breasts for years, basically as long as I have known her. I honestly didn’t understand it: I knew she was smaller than most women, but I didn’t care. I liked her how she was. She never complained, but she did mention it every so often. After 25 years, I still didn’t “get it,” but knowing how important it was to her, I finally agreed to support her idea to get surgery.

“If I were to give advice to the partner of a potential patient, I’d say the following: If this is important to your significant other, support and embrace the change, because the benefits of this surgery for us extended way beyond any cost of time, money and recovery.” You can read more letters like this here.

Ashes to ashes, dust to bust: When her husband died in a car accident, a young Australian woman allegedly had his ashes sewn into her breast implants so she could keep him close to her heart. The news generated a lot of online comments, such as, “Now his relatives will always look at her boobs and cry.”

 

What Are the Odds?

Breasts come in twos. So do shoes, socks, gloves and earrings. Many other things come imagesin threes: a three-ring circus, primary colors, the little kittens that lost their mittens, and the number of blind mice in a group.

Over the last five to 10 years, when I’ve reviewed charts in the operating room before I begin surgery, I’ve been noticing that, “Oh, look, everyone is from out of town today,” or “Everyone’s Asian today.”

My cosmetic breast surgery patients seem to come in clusters. In other words, they share some distinguishing quality. Is it a cosmic biorhythm, an unexplainable phenomenon? What are the odds?

Austrian biologist Paul Kammerer studied salamanders and toads – and coincidences. In 1919, he published a book recounting all of the coincidences he had collected. He wrote: “Coincidences aren’t coincidences at all but the result of an invisible force in nature that – like gravity, magnetism, symbiosis, and so on – favors unity, symmetry and coherence.” He called his theory the law of seriality.

I don’t know whether these patient groupings are statistically inevitable or proof of Kammerer’s law, but I do know that my staff does not arrange the surgical schedule this way. Women choose their surgery date according to their convenience; we don’t choose it for them.

Some of the coincidences can be related to the seasons. We see large numbers of teachers and students who have the same school breaks. Many other clusters aren’t seasonally related.

donuts-643277_1920Does this phenomenon occur in other settings? Does a hairstylist notice that one day all her clients are redheads; on another day everyone says, “Just cut it a little bit”? At Dunkin’ Donuts, is one day all about glazed jelly donut? Do the chocolate frosted donuts sell out on another day?

Even though my patients range in age from 18 to 67, on some days everyone is in their early 20s; on another day they’re in their 30s, on another in their 50s.

Here are some other clusters I’ve noticed: One day everybody might have children; whereas on another nobody has kids. One day all the women who live in the Philadelphia area close to my office, while on another day everyone came from out of town.

I’ve also had days where all the patients were Spanish, and others where they were all Italian or all Russian.

I’ve had days where everybody was a nurse and others where all were a stay-at-home mom.

Sometimes, the women’s choice of implant size is the common denominator: Everyone seems to be choosing bigger implants one day, while others are “smaller size day” and “average size day.” This might correlate with the stature of the patients, which is another common denominator. They might all be tall and have big frames or all be more petite.

I’ve also had days where all the patients were perkier and other days where all were droopier. And even though breasts are sisters, not twins, some days all the women are fairly symmetrical and on another day they are more noticeably uneven.

Maybe I’m observing these similarities because I’m solely performing cosmetic breast surgery, and that’s making the coincidences more statistically possible. But on a recent surgery day, when I was chatting with the OR staff and I asked them their favorite ice cream flavor, they all said mint chocolate chip.

There might just be something to this theory of seriality after all!

Some Breast Augmentation Statistics:
To measure women’s interest in breast implants across the United 
States, RealSelf.com screen-shot-2016-10-23-at-2-34-57-pmanalyzed millions of searches on its website by region for its 2011 Interest Index. (They assumed that women were doing the searching.)  Interest in breast augmentation surgery was 74% higher than the national average in Salt Lake City, followed by Fresno, Honolulu, Oklahoma City and Mobile. It might just be a cosmic phenomenon (or a lot of patient referrals) but I think Philadelphia would be on the list if they conducted the survey in 2016!

Can you make me a full C cup?

When they come in for their breast augmentation consultation, most women tell me that they want to be a “full C cup” and they want to look proportional. They think this means they will wear a C cup bra after surgery.

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Problem #1: There is no standard bra cup-sizing system.
“C cup” can mean one thing if it’s made by Victoria’s Secret and another if it’s made by Vanity Fair. You might wear a B cup in a full-coverage bra and a C cup in a demi bra, even if the same company makes both styles. Your cup size is also affected by how tight you wear your bra band. If you wear it tighter, it will push your breasts deeper into the cup and you will need a larger cup size.

Problem #2: What looks proportional varies from person to person.
I prefer to describe proportional as a “C look” instead of a “C cup.” To achieve the C look, a 5-foot woman with a small frame might only need a B cup while a 5-foot-8-inch woman with a large frame might need a D cup.

During consultation, I show prospective patients before-and-after photographs of women who started out similar to them in height, weight, frame size and breast volume. Every photo notes the size of the implants that I used. Women look at the pictures and tell me, “too big,” “too small” or “just right.” It’s like looking through a magic mirror into the future. A woman is almost always consistent as to the number of cubic centimeters (ccs) she likes, so I know what size implant to order to give her the look she wants on her body.

Screen Shot 2016-01-19 at 9.08.28 AMWhen we are finished the process, women almost always ask, “What cup size will I be?” This is where they can get into trouble. Again, the letter doesn’t matter. It’s a cup size look. They chose a look, and it looked right to them.

Here is an example of that trouble: A 5-foot-9-inch woman with a large frame wanted to be a full C. She liked eight different pictures. They all had the C look on her body type and were all the same number of cubic centimeters (ccs). I asked her if she liked the look, and she said, “Yes.” When I told her she would probably wear a D cup, she said, “I don’t want to be a D.” She was stuck on the cup size. She decided to go smaller and was disappointed after surgery.

A woman with a small frame also wanted to be a full C. After voting on the pictures, she asked for her final cup size. I told her she would probably wear a B. “Can you show me something bigger?” she asked. She had looked at larger implants, and she didn’t like the pictures that were even a tiny bit bigger. She decided to stick with the size she liked in the pictures, and was happy with her decision.

What implant size is equal to a C cup?
Breast implants are measured in cubic centimeters (ccs), not cup size. On a woman who is completely flat-chested and has a medium-sized frame, a 450 cc implant would be equivalent to the average C-cup bra.

Why did you decide to get a breast augmentation?


Screen Shot 2015-11-05 at 11.13.45 AMThrough the years, women have told me their motivation for having breast augmentation surgery: how they feel about their breasts and what they would like surgery to accomplish. Below is a recent letter from a patient who gave us permission to share her story in the hopes that she can help women who have had similar experiences. 

Dear Dr. Eisenberg,

After reading your book, The Scoop On Breasts, and learning about the different reasons women come to you for breast augmentation, I thought you might appreciate my story.

I was teased a lot as a young girl for being flat-chested. I just never really developed. The saddest part of it was that the person who teased me most was my Mom. My younger sister’s bra size was a DD from the time she turned 13, and my Mom was probably a full C herself.

My Mom used to say, “Oh look at your little boobies! It’s a shame they never grew. I guess your sister got your share.” And she used to tell me, “Oh well, you’re the smart one.” As a young girl, I took this to mean: You are not the pretty one.

Even though I was teased at home, I didn’t let that stop me from excelling in high school. I was student council president, a cheerleader, and an honor student who studied math and science and took advanced classes. And I am proud to say I became an RN. Meanwhile my Mom paid for my sister to have professional portfolio pictures taken and paid for her to go to modeling school. My sister, while very pretty, did not have the height and other criteria for modeling. She became a hairdresser.

Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 11.01.35 PMFast-forward: On my 37th birthday I had a breast augmentation, and I love the breasts you gave me. I didn’t do it because I was teased or felt inadequate in any way. I truly just wanted my body to be more proportional. My husband, then my fiancée, honestly did not care if I had the surgery or not. He loved me. That’s not to say he has not enjoyed my breasts over the years. LOL! But no one enjoyed and enjoys them more than me.

I’ll never forget when I went to Cape May, NJ, to visit my sister after my augmentation. My Mom and all of my sister’s in-laws were there. I had not told them that I had breast enhancement surgery.

Their jaws literally fell open when I walked into the room. I was told I looked great. They loved my hair. Was I working out? The questions kept coming until finally my sister’s husband said, “Your sister’s breasts look incredible!” My own Mom couldn’t stop complimenting me.

I guess I wasn’t just the smart one anymore!

I thank God he gave me the inner confidence to know my value and beauty without my breast augmentation. But I also believe God led me to you to make me even happier.

With gratitude,
LAJ

 

How soon after pregnancy can I get a breast augmentation?

When you are pregnant, the developing placenta stimulates the release of hormones, causing your milk glands – and your breasts – to grow and swell. This rapid growth can also cause your skin to stretch. When the milk is gone, your breasts might return to their original size or get smaller, bigger or droopier.

Screen Shot 2015-10-23 at 1.07.40 PMTo know your true post-pregnancy breast size and shape, it’s best to wait at least six months from the time you give birth or from the time you stop breastfeeding, whichever is later. At that point, you’ll be able to choose breast implants that will make you proportional.

Breastfeeding itself does not cause the breasts to droop. A study in the journal Aesthetic Surgery identified the following risk factors for an increased degree of breast sagging: body mass index (BMI), the number of pregnancies, a larger pre-pregnancy bra size, smoking history and age. Breastfeeding was not found to be a risk factor.

If you are thinking about having a child in the next year or so, I would suggest that you wait because your post-pregnancy breasts might look different from your current pair. But if parenthood is several years down the road and you are anxious to be more proportional, fit better into your clothes or correct some asymmetry, you don’t have to wait for a breast augmentation. Just understand that you might need a revision after pregnancy.

Did you know? During pregnancy, hormonal changes cause the nipple and areola to get bigger and darker. Scientists speculate that it is evolutions way of making it easier for an infant to find and latch onto the breast.

IF YOU ARE DIETING . . .

Like pregnancy, weight loss can take a toll on your breasts. When you lose weight, it not only reduces the size of your waist and thighs, but it might also reduce the size of your breasts, which are made up primarily of fatty tissue. If the skin doesn’t retract when some of the fat disappears from your breasts, you could be left with droopy breasts, stretched skin or empty-looking breasts, which might make you a candidate for a breast lift alone or with an augmentation.

If you are dieting, be sure to save a few dollars for shoe shopping. Some women report that along with losing a cup size, they lose a shoe size.

If you are dieting, be sure to save a few dollars for shoe shopping. Some women report that along with losing a cup size, they lose a shoe size.

If you are planning to lose 10 percent or more of your body weight, it’s wise to wait until you have reached your goal before you have cosmetic breast surgery so you’ll know your starting size. That way you’ll have the best chance of getting a satisfactory long-term result.

 

 

Did you nickname your breasts?

Years ago, Glamour magazine published an article about the surprising number of women who nickname their breasts. Jay Leno couldn’t resist joking about it on The Tonight Show: “It’s hard enough remembering one name; now when we wake up in the morning we have to remember three,” he said.

To read more, click here.  mother_daughter_5

Will implants make my breasts look perky again?

Implants will only make your breasts fuller. They will not lift your breasts, but they can create the illusion of a lift.

If your breasts are mildly droopy, a saline or silicone gel implant placed behind the pectoral muscle might help create the appearance of perkiness. That’s because as the implant fills out the upper portion of the breast, it also fills out the lower part, making it look as if the nipple has moved higher on the breast. It hasn’t. A silicone gel implant placed in front of the pectoral muscle might create the same illusion.

Screen Shot 2014-10-13 at 10.18.26 PMIf your breasts are moderately to severely droopy and you get implants, it could look as if you have four breasts – with the breast implants up high and your natural breasts down low. A breast lift (mastopexy) would be a better choice. It would raise and firm up your breasts, giving them a more youthful look. I would accomplish this by moving the nipples to a higher position, removing excess skin, and then reshaping the breasts.

In medical lingo, ptosis is the word for a drooping body part; breast ptosis is classified as mild, moderate or severe. Hint: The “p” is psilent.

To determine your degree of droopiness, try the pencil test: Place a pencil horizontally along the crease under your breast, where your bra band would rest. Look in the mirror. Is the position of the nipple itself (not the areola) above, at or below the pencil?

Screen Shot 2014-10-13 at 10.02.39 PMIf your nipple hangs below the pencil, you would need a breast lift to raise and reshape your breasts. If your nipple is at the crease, the approach is not as clear-cut; it depends on how much of a pick-me-up you are hoping for.

How do you know if you need a lift and implants? Put on your bra and look in the mirror. If you are satisfied with the size of your breasts, then a breast lift alone might be the right procedure for you. If you wish your breasts were bigger, you are probably a candidate for a breast lift and implants (an augmentation mastopexy).

Obviously, there are other measurements done during a consultation – without a pencil – to help you determine the best option for you.

Screen Shot 2014-10-13 at 9.57.46 PMBreasts can start drooping at any age depending on your genes, the elasticity of your skin, and if you’ve lost a significant amount of weight. If the skin doesn’t retract when some of the fat disappears from your breasts, you could be left with saggy or empty-looking breasts. It’s not uncommon for teens to have droopy breasts; some girls say that they were “born with saggy breasts” or that they “just developed this way.”

Age and pregnancy also take a toll. When you are pregnant, the developing placenta stimulates the release of hormones, causing your milk glands – and your breasts – to grow and swell. This rapid growth can also cause the skin to stretch. When the milk is gone, some women are left with less breast volume and/or droopiness. The same thing happens as women age: The skin naturally loses its elasticity, and breasts lose their shape and firmness.

Illustrations by Anoki Casey. 

Why did you decide to get breast implants?

Guest blog by Cara McCollum, Miss New Jersey 2013

I remember the first time I was really aware of breasts: I was 8 or 9 and at a church yard sale where I found gel cutlets for sale. They had probably belonged to a church member who had had a mastectomy, but I put them in my shirt and thought, So this is what it’s going to be like.

Growing up, it seems like I was always waiting for my boobs to develop. My friends and I all got our first trainer bras, but before long they were graduating to real bras and I was still stuck in training. Seems like I’ve spent my whole life training to have boobs! I kept waiting and waiting for them to grow and it just never happened.

I started considering a boob job when I was in high school and brought it up so frequently that my dad had to ban any talk of tits from the dinner table. My clothes didn’t fit properly, and I would only wear bras that added two cup sizes.

BEFORE: In my evening gown at the Miss New Jersey 2013 competition.

BEFORE: In my evening gown at the Miss New Jersey 2013 competition.

I’ve always been self-conscious about my breasts, but competing in pageants just seemed to highlight a fact that I already knew: I was flat. It seemed like I had to try so much harder to look good in my wardrobe – sewing in large foams pads to the cups of my swimsuit and evening gown, and drawing in cleavage and shadows with dark eye shadow. When I got fitted for my Miss America evening gown, the designer had to measure from my shoulder to my waist in the front and then in the back. He did it three times because he couldn’t believe that they were the same measurement, “Either you have a humpback, or you’re really as flat as you said!” he told me. (link to

Miss America is, above all, a competition, and it was impossible not to compare myself to the other girls. Plastic surgery is something we don’t really talk about, but it was everywhere. And it’s wild to think that I was one of those girls prancing around on national television in my swimsuit and heels making women at home feel bad about their bodies, and yet I was just as insecure!

Several months after Miss America, I decided to do something about it – not because of the competition, not because of the pressures placed on pageant girls to look a certain way, but because I wanted to feel beautiful underneath my clothes without the pads and the pushups and the eye shadow.

I came across Dr. Eisenberg on the radio. After hearing his commercial for the fourth time I thought, I have to check this guy out. I was drawn to him because he truly is an expert in his field. He only does breast augmentation. It took one consultation for me to know that he was the doctor for me. I walked in as a 22-year-old girl nervous about making such a big decision, but his level of professionalism immediately put me at ease and he earned my trust with his depth of knowledge and experience with breast augmentation

 

AFTER: Passing on the crown to Miss New Jersey 2014.

AFTER: Passing on the crown to Miss New Jersey 2014.

I remember being anxious about the surgery, as anyone would be, but I never think of that now that I have my new breasts. The surgery was easy, the recovery was easy (I began making appearances again just five days later), and I could not be more pleased with the results.

No one has questioned why I decided to get breast augmentation surgery; one look at my new body and how happy I am gives them the answer. My close girlfriends are jealous of my new boobs, but for the most part, I look similar in clothes to how I did before – only now I’m not hiding behind two cup sizes of padding. I look as good underneath my clothes as I do in them, and I feel even better.

Breast augmentation isn’t some magic cure-all that instantly fixes all of your insecurities, but it does make you feel better in your clothes – and without them – and that has done wonders for my confidence.

Do women get breast implants to please their partners?

By Dr. Ted
Although men may have the fantasy that women get implants to make them happy, they are wrong. Through the years, women have consistently told us that their partners love them exactly the way they are, and they are having surgery to make themselves look and feel better.

Recently, the husband of one of my patients wrote us a letter talking about the experience from his point of view, and he invited us to share it.  We’re doing just that:

“My wife was unhappy with the size of her breasts for years, basically as long as I have known her; perhaps it’s been longer. I can say that I honestly didn’t understand it – I knew she was smaller than most women, but I didn’t care, I liked her how she was.

Screen shot 2014-03-22 at 11.14.08 AMIt was easy for me to imagine that it didn’t make any difference, because if I was happy, as her husband, with her look, then I just assumed everything was okay. She never complained, but she did mention it every so often. After 25 years, I still didn’t ‘get it,’ but knowing how important it was to her, I agreed to support her idea to get surgery.

One of the things I appreciated was that once we made the decision, she included me in the process. She let me help pick out the doctor and we spent a lot of time looking at pictures of breasts on the Internet. The ultimate decision was hers, and I wasn’t at her consultation, but by the time it occurred, she knew what I would like, too.

Screen shot 2014-03-22 at 11.15.42 AMWithin a month or so after surgery, I noticed a change in my wife. I don’t mean physical, that change was obvious, and even though I was happy before, I was certainly happy to have what felt like a different set of breasts – not better in my eyes, just different. The change I’m referring to is the change that happened deep inside her. She’s more confident. She carries herself differently, her attitude is different, and yes, quite honestly, the intimacy is better.

It’s about 4 months after the surgery and I can say that my wife and I are happier than we’ve ever been, and we had a good marriage before the surgery. If I were reading this, I might not believe it, but I can tell you that it is absolutely true.

So, with all this in mind, if I were to give advice to the partner of a potential patient, I’d say the following: If this is important to your significant other, support and embrace the change. Because the benefits of this surgery for us extended way beyond any cost of time, money and recovery.”  – David W.

Are Implants Marital Assets? According to the Bismarck Tribune, when Erik and Traci Isaacson of North Dakota were going through a divorce in 2008, Erik demanded that the $5,500 he had spent on Traci’s breast implants be counted as marital assets, which would entitle him to additional property in the breakup. The lower court said his claim was “absolute nonsense.” Erik took his claim to the North Dakota Supreme Court, which ruled against him, too. 

Where are breast augmentations performed?

By Dr. Ted
Breast augmentation surgery is commonly performed in a hospital operating room or an outpatient (ambulatory) surgery center. While both are good options, I’ve chosen to do all of my surgeries in a hospital. These are a few of my favorite things about working in a hospital – specifically Nazareth Hospital in Northeast Philadelphia:

When I joined the staff 16 years ago, I felt like I had found my surgical home. It’s a little bit like the bar in Cheers, the ’80s sitcom, “where everybody knows your name.”

Through the years, I’ve gotten to know scores of people who work in the OR – anesthesiologists, nurses, technicians, etc. It feels like a family; some people have worked together for as long as 30 years. We celebrate birthdays, marriages, and retirements. I’ve seen that the concern for each other translates into concern for each patient.

Sterling Gray and his watercolor, "The Color of Love."

Sterling Gray and his watercolor, “The Color of Love.”

I’ve worked with people from Korea, India, Italy, the Philippines, Russia and Peru and learned about their cultures – along with several words in their languages. (You might not be surprised to know that one of the words I learned is “breasts”!) One of my co-workers is an accomplished painter; his paintings are hanging in my office and in my home.

I appreciate the hospital’s high standards. The administration reviews each surgeon’s credentials and training and requires board certification as a prerequisite for joining the staff. Nurses and staff participate in weekly in-service trainings and must earn continuing medical education credits  to maintain their licensure.

I work with talented, competent and sensitive colleagues, and we enjoy exchanging ideas, discussing the latest medical research, and sharing suggestions to improve the patient experience. Every nurse and assistant in the OR is cross-trained and experienced with cosmetic breast surgery, so they can fill in and support each other.

The hospital offers great support – like a good bra! Patients get a blood test for pregnancy as part of their presurgical testing, but if the test needs to be repeated the morning of surgery, we can get it done and have the results back in minutes. If a patient tells me she smoked weed before she came in for surgery, the anesthesiologist is on hand to decide whether or not it’s safe to have surgery. There is ample staff, and they will sleep over in bad weather if necessary. The hospital never closes; in the event of a power failure, they have generators.

Dr. E in the OR.

Dr. E. in the OR.

Although complications are rare, surgicenters must have a plan in place to transfer patients to a hospital in the event of unanticipated medical complications. It’s comforting to me to know that the hospital’s emergency room is just an elevator ride away. I think of it like homeowner’s insurance. You hope there’s no emergency, like a fire or a flood, but if there is, you’re glad you have protection.

While some surgicenters might argue that they are cleaner than a hospital, it ain’t necessarily so. The hospital undergoes regular inspections and is held to strict standards by state regulators.

Breast augmentation surgery does not require an overnight stay; patients go from the short-procedure unit to the OR to the recovery room to the post-op lounge – all on the same floor. Across the country, infection occurs in less than 1 percent of breast augmentation patients. In the more than 5,000 women I’ve taken care of, only 2 have developed an infection, and 1 of those was operated on in a surgicenter earlier in my career.

My patients confirm my feelings about Nazareth Hospital. We conduct a survey post-op in which the patients get a chance to evaluate the hospital staff. They consistently rate them 10 out of 10. Likewise, a number of patients have been nurses who are employed at other hospitals; they routinely comment that their experience exceeded their expectations.

One woman wrote, I’ve had surgery at other hospitals and have never quite received the care, thoughtfulness and cooperation as I did from the members of your staff. Several people were there to help me, and someone was constantly at my side asking if I needed or wanted anything. They strived to keep me as comfortable and happy as they could. I’m sure their job sometimes goes unrecognized by others, but I couldn’t let this experience go by without giving recognition where it is due. Thank you again for all your support.”