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Terra

Meet

Terra


I am an Event Manager for Slalom. In my free time, I like to sing, dance and travel.

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How did you find your surgeon? What were the specific reasons you chose him or her over other providers? 

Dr. Welk was referred to me by a friend of the family who had also had breast reconstruction following a double mastectomy. She raved about how great her results were. As soon as I met him and his team, I knew immediately that he was the surgeon for me. Every time I was asked who was doing my surgery and I mentioned Dr. Welk’s name, I heard nothing but rave reviews.

What type of procedure did you have and why did you decide to have this procedure? 

I had implant- breast reconstruction.

Once I knew that a mastectomy was my only choice, it was important to me to feel as normal as possible after that surgery and to regain my sense of confidence. Having my breasts reconstructed gave me my confidence back after feeling like I had lost a part of myself that made me feel feminine.

Describe your surgical experience and recovery. 

Dr. Welk and his nurse spent a lot of time explaining each procedure so I was well prepared as to what to expect before surgery. Each surgery went well and I always felt at ease with Dr. Welk and his team. I knew I was in great hands.

What were your fears about having this procedure and how did your surgeon help you overcome them? 

The biggest fear that I had prior to meeting with Dr. Welk was that I would not end up with a good result. However, as soon as I met with him and saw the results from his previous patients, I immediately felt a sense of relief.

Describe why you are happy you chose this procedure. How has it positively impacted your life? Your self-esteem?

Immediately following my mastectomy, I felt as if I had lost a part of myself and lost my confidence. Having my breasts reconstructed helped me gain my confidence back.
I finally feel like myself again.

Tell us specifically about why you are happy you chose the surgeon you did? Describe his/her most outstanding qualities. 

I appreciated Dr. Welk’s expertise, candidness, and perfectionism. At no point did I feel like just another patient. He genuinely cares about and advocates for his patients.

How did our staff support you in your surgical experience?

It’s clear that the entire team cares about you and your experience. I loved how I never felt like just another patient. Going through breast reconstruction can be a nerve-racking experience but they all did a great job putting helping me to put my fears at ease.

Do you have any advice for others who may be considering this procedure? 

Take your time before deciding what procedure to do and which surgeon to use. Do your research and think about what’s important to you.