Dr. Gabriel Del Corral
Del Corral was born in Panama City and attended medical school at the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara. He moved to Carroll County from the Philadelphia-based University of Pennsylvania Health System and Fox Chase Cancer Center to perform plastic, reconstructive and microsurgery locally.
There are three main types of breast reconstructive surgery, one of which he performed often at his previous job but is new to Carroll and the Western Maryland region. And that's called the free flap, where a surgeon takes fat from the abdomen, thigh or buttocks to reconstruct a breast.
The recovery time is a bit longer because the surgery takes more time, but the outcome looks good on the body, Del Corral said.
It allows women to use their own tissue, and sculpts other parts of the body when fat is removed elsewhere to form the breasts, he said.
So far, Del Corral has performed one such surgery at Carroll Hospital Center on Ruth Akers, a 74-year-old woman from Gettysburg, Pa.
Akers was diagnosed with cancer in her left breast in 2005, and Hobart performed two lumpectomies on Akers at Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown.
When breast cancer developed in her right breast this year, she knew she wanted Hobart to take care of her again. So, this time, she went to Carroll Hospital Center.
The decision to have a mastectomy was easy - Akers wanted her family to have peace of mind that their loved one would soon be cancer free. And so was the decision to be the first one to have a free flap surgery performed at Carroll Hospital Center because implants just weren't for her, she said.
While Akers was in the hospital, employees would drop by to take a peek at the outcome.
"They were quite impressed," she said, "and I was too with the surgery."
There are other reconstructive surgeries that Del Corral and other surgeons perform, such as using implants and temporary tissue expanders.
"[These are] all your options in breast reconstruction surgery," Del Corral said, "and we perform everything here. You don't have to go anywhere else."