Hani Sbitany, MD
San Francisco, California

  • Shirts given out: November 1, 2018 – April 30, 2019
  • Data collection: December 1, 2018 – February 10, 2020
  • Number of shirts given out: 120 (In packs of 4)
  • Number of postoperative breast reconstruction patient surveys returned: 30
  • Number of postoperative breast reconstruction patient surveys returned: 30

My evaluation and reflections after using the Casual Recovery Medical Garments with my postoperative surgical recovery patients:

The Casual Recovery Medical Garment has a significantly positive effect on the medical and functional/emotional recovery of my patients after surgery. The ability to wear a garment that helped secure and control their drains, while minimizing pulling on the drains, made patients tolerate the drains much easier, with less pain and discomfort. Also, the security of the drains in the compartments resulted in fewer instances of drains being pulled out early by mistake, or being pulled on and causing bleeding or increased drainage.

The garment also increased the rate at which patients recovery from surgery, and return to daily activities faster, because it made them more likely to be active earlier. Patients earlier return to physical activity and physical therapy, because they were comfortable and felt the security of the garment, resulted in faster surgical recovery. Furthermore, patients were more comfortable and confident with going out in public and interacting with others, given the style and appearance of the garment, and the feeling that nobody would know they had drains inside the garment. The garment nicely hid and masked drains, and the ability to tell that someone had just had surgery, for those patients who wished to conceal this fact. Overall, this garment is a significant improvement over all the other recovery garments and devices I have used with my patients. There is no doubt it offers postoperative patients a massive benefit with respect to quality of life, emotional well being, and speeds up recovery, following major surgery.

Hani Sbitany, MD
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Hani Sbitany, MD, FACS is a board-certified Plastic Surgery practicing in Manhattan, New York. He specializes in Restorative Breast Surgery and Breast Reconstruction.​ Dr. Sbitany received his medical degree from Columbia University in 2005. He went on to complete residencies in general surgery and plastic surgery at the University of Rochester-Strong Memorial Hospital, followed by a fellowship in reconstructive microsurgery at the University of Pennsylvania in 2011.​With his vast experience in Plastic Surgery, Dr. Sbitany has held clinical faculty appointments at some of the finest medical institutions in the United States. He previously served as an Associate Professor of Surgery and Associate Program Director, at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, from 2011-2019. Since May 2019, he has served as an Associate Professor of Surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, NY.​In addition to focusing on his clinical practice, Dr. Sbitany has helped define and describe many of the surgical techniques currently used for Breast Reconstruction. As a result, he has been appointed as an active member and leader in the following organizations:​ American Society of Plastic Surgery American Association of Plastic Surgeons American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery American College of Surgeons​ In addition, with his expertise in breast reconstruction, Dr. Sbitany serves as an invited advisory board member for numerous industry leaders in the field of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He is also regularly asked to lecture and speak and national and international symposiums, by his colleagues. ​Dr. Sbitany would be thrilled to invite you to his practice for any Plastic Surgery needs, regardless of your geographic location, and his office would be happy to help facilitate your visit.

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