Eric Lai, MD
Dr. Eric C. Lai is a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon in Kansas City, Kansas. Specializing in breast reconstruction and breast microsurgery, Dr. Lai offers ReSensationSM to women undergoing breast reconstruction using their natural tissue after mastectomy.
ReSensation is a surgical technique offered by select plastic surgeons across the United States with expertise in breast reconstruction and microsurgery. Using the ReSensation technique, plastic surgeons performing autologous (free flap) breast reconstruction reconnect nerves in the chest with nerves in the tissue taken from the abdomen or elsewhere on the body. With the help of a nerve allograft (donated nerve) to support nerve regrowth, ReSensation provides the potential for the return of sensation to reconstructed breasts.
While breast reconstruction can restore the shape, size, symmetry and softness of breasts – known as the four “S’s” – reconstruction doesn’t typically focus on the fifth “S,” sensation.
The University of Kansas Hospital
Dr. Lai received his medical degree from Albany Medical College in Albany, New York. He completed a general surgery residency at the State University of New York Buffalo, and a residency in plastic surgery at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He later completed a fellowship in microvascular reconstructive surgery at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Clinical focus on breast reconstruction
Along with his expertise in breast reconstruction and treatments for women recovering from breast cancer and mastectomy, Dr. Lai also has a clinical focus on complete and partial mastectomy defects, microsurgical techniques for the treatment of lymphedema, head and neck cancer reconstruction, and skin cancer treatment. He offers microvascular perforator flap breast reconstruction, such as the DIEP flap and other free flap breast reconstruction surgeries. He is an assistant professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery at University of Kansas Medical Center.
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