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Breast Care Program at Ochsner North Shore

The Ochsner Medical Center - North Shore Breast Care Program offers women a comprehensive program for their breast care. Our program offers services throughout the continuum of care from mammography and imaging services through surgicial breast reconstruction procedures and other treatment options. The Breast Care Program gives you personalized, easy access to all the services Ochsner Medical Center - North Shore has to offer from diagnosis to surgery to therapy.

Contact Information

Initial consultations take place at:
Ochsner Surgical Specialties – Slidell
1850 Gause Blvd., E., Ste. 202
Slidell, LA 70461

To make an appointment, call 985-639-3777 or contact Patty Duet, LPN, Breast Care Coordinator at 985-898-7023 or

Learn more about Ochsner Medical Center - North Shore

Breast Care Coordinator

The Breast Care Program provides women and their loved ones the ease and convenience of having one person to directly contact for coordinating their overall care including scheduling appointments and mammography. Our breast care coordinator will escort you through the entire process from initial medical imaging through breast reconstruction, if needed.


Flap Reconstruction


  • Specialized surgical procedure using the body’s own natural tissue to construct a natural appearing breast
  • The procedure leaves abdomen muscles intact with little to no loss in muscle function
  • DIEP stands for deep inferior epigastric artery perforator and is a surgical procedure in which fat and skin from the lower belly area is used to reconstruct the breast
  • Removing the abdomen tissue results in a “tummy tuck”

TRAM Flaps

  • In a TRAM procedure, a portion of the abdomen tissue group, including skin, adipose tissues, minor muscles and connective tissues, is taken from the patient's abdomen and transplanted onto the breast site
  • TRAM (transverse rectus abdominis muscle) flap procedures can move the abdomen tissue without cutting its original blood supply because it is not actually cut from the belly
  • The abdomen tissue with blood supply intact is tunneled under the skin to the breast site
  • Removing abdomen tissues results in a “tummy tuck”

Other Reconstruction

Tissue Expansion

  • The surgeon inserts a tissue expander, a temporary silastic implant, beneath a pocket under the pectoralis major muscle of the chest wall. In a process that can take weeks to months, saline solution is injected to progressively expand the overlaying tissue. Once the expander has reached an acceptable size, it may be removed and replaced with a more permanent implant.

Our Physicians

At Ochsner Medical Center - North Shore, patients receive care from a multi-disciplinary team during all aspects of  their breast reconstruction surgery.

Our physician team for reconstructive breast surgery includes the following:

Richard T. LeBlanc Jr., MD  - Board Certified in Surgery
Dr. LeBlanc earned his medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA. He completed his internship and residency at the University of South Alabama Hospitals and Clinics in Mobile.

Gary Wolf, MD - Board Certified in Surgery
Dr. Gary Wolf earned his medical degree from Boston University. Following graduation, he completed his internship and residency at Beth Israel Hospital in New York City. Dr. Wolf specializes in general surgery.

Patty Duet, LPN - Breast Care Coordinator

Insurance Accepted

Breast reconstruction following a mastectomy is fully covered by insurance when provided by in-network providers and facilities.

Most insurance plans accepted. To view a listing of insurances plans accepted at Ochsner Medical Center - North Shore, click here.