Lynne Hayes: How many employees do your company have? When was your company founded, etc?
Dr Susan Kolb: Plastikos has 25 employees and was established in 1995 as a holistic surgery center incorporating many disciplines of alternative medicine and spiritual healing. Plastikos Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery offers a wide variety of procedures from our board certified plastic surgeons. Plastikos Surgery Center is state licensed and holds the highest level of national accreditation (JCAHO) for an outpatient surgery center.
Lynne Hayes: What is your background?
Dr Susan Kolb: Dr. Kolb graduated from Johns Hopkins University and received her medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine. She completed her post-graduate education in plastic surgery and general surgery at Wilford Hall Medical Center. Specializing in plastic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Kolb has been certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery since 1985 and was a founding diplomat of the American Board of Holistic Medicine in 2000. She is a member of the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, American Holistic Medical Association and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Kolb has been in private practice in the Atlanta area since 1988 and is also the founder of Plastikos Surgery Center. Dr. Kolb hosts a weekly radio program “Temple of Health” every Saturday from 12:00 pm-1:00pm on www.bbsradio.com, which offers a variety of informative topics on holistic and spiritual medicine as well as health and consciousness research. Susan Kolb, M.D., F.A.C.S., A.B.I.H.M., is the founder of Millennium Healthcare and Avatar Cancer Center. Dr. Kolb is a recognized authority on energy healing and spiritual medicine as well as one of Atlanta’s leading plastic surgeons. Dr. Kolb incorporates spiritual and integrative holistic medicine into her modern surgery practice.
Lynne Hayes: What does your work-day entail?
Dr Susan Kolb: We see women who are ill from defective breast implants from all over the world, and treat them with surgery (explantation, abnormal axillary lymph nodes removal, chest wall cleanouts, breast lifts, and reconstructive breast surgery). We treat the immune, endocrine and neurological disorders and provide detoxification protocols designed for these specific problems including silicone, chemical and bio toxin detoxification as well as heavy metal detoxification and platinum detoxification. We also treat scleroderma, Raynaud’s syndrome, intracellular infections such as Lyme’s disease and mycoplasma, viral infections and other autoimmune diseases. We provide immune support including low dose naltrexone as well as immune supplements and supplements to help repair the neurological damage.
Lynne Hayes: How many breast Explant procedures and Capsulectomies do you do each year?
Dr Susan Kolb: between 200-250
Lynne Hayes: What is the most common complication you encounter with Explant surgery?
Dr Susan Kolb: Chest wall infections from prior bacterial or fungal contamination requiring additional treatments. Due to resistances which may form after treatment, changing antibiotics and antifungals is often necessary for a complete cure.
Lynne Hayes: Re after-care, do you prescribe any further treatments – medical or non-medical for after surgery? Eg medications / detox etc
Dr Susan Kolb: We provide post operative antibiotics (culture specific) and antifungals. Also detoxification protocols plus see #3 for additional areas treated. This office developed all silicone and breast implant detoxification protocols in existence.
Lynne Hayes: Do you have a newsletter or other way you keep in touch with your patients?
Dr Susan Kolb: Yes, we have monthly newsletter The Community Health Source as well as a explant specific newsletter which is emailed when new developments need to be communicated.
Lynne Hayes: Do you do any charity or nonprofit work? If yes please elaborate.
Dr Susan Kolb: Angel Explant is a nonprofit (501c3) corporation being established for the purpose of aiding women, who otherwise do not have the financial means, to obtain explantation and reconstruction procedures to remove foreign material and scar tissue and reconstruct deformities as a result of defective or infected breast implants. Monies from the nonprofit will go toward the surgery, medical and facility fees. The cost of anesthesia fees, supplementsand travel expenses are covered by the patient. Funds from Angel Explants are available for patients who do not have insurance benefits that cover surgery fees or patients who cannot afford their insurance copays for medical and surgical procedures. The procedures would be performed by surgeons at Plastikos Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, within their facility at Plastikos Surgery Center. Medical care will be provided by doctors at Millennium Healthcare. The amount of coverage by Angel Explant would be dependent on the total cost of the covered procedures and the financial status of the patient. Angel Explant funds would be available to pay for the covered procedures either at 25%, 50%, 75%, or100%. Medical credit plans (Care Credit and I Financial) would be offered in order to cover expenses for anesthesia and supplements.
Lynne Hayes: What is an interesting story about a patient interaction you had?
Dr Susan Kolb: A patient with defective saline implants had frequent anaphylaxic reactions which were life- threatening especially when she was hugged. After explant, analysis of the mold inside the implant, revealed penicillium and the patient was allergic to penicillin. The life-threatening reactions stopped after explanation and antifungal treatment.
Lynne Hayes: What do you think is poorly understood or unresolved within the area of breast implant removal? Why is this so?
Dr Susan Kolb: Virtually no other surgeons and most other doctors other than a few integrative holistic physicians understand that defective breast implants are associated with bacterial, as well as fungal infections, intracellular infections due to a immune deficits, neurological, endocrine, and immune disruption, and a host of autoimmune diseases. We also see Raynaud’s syndrome, which is due to methyl ethyl ketone in the silicone shell depleting arginine in the patient, which causes a nitric oxide deficiency that results in cold, painful hands and feet. We have extensive experience with these complications as well as their treatments where as other doctors do not understand causation or treatment.
Lynne Hayes: Does your business have an online presence on other social web spaces like: Facebook? Twitter? YouTube? etc. (If yes, please include links for us to share on your behalf)
Dr. Susan Kolb discusses saline breast implants
Dr. Susan Kolb discusses silicone breast implants
Lynne Hayes: Are there any press releases or online mentions in any magazines, newspapers, or online articles that you would like to include in your article? (If yes, include the URL or links for us to share on your behalf)
Dr. Mercola Interviews Dr. Kolb About Breast Implants
Monsters Inside Me
Lynne Hayes: Are there any testimonials from clients that you would like to include in your article? (If yes, include the URL or links for us to share on your behalf)
Dr Susan Kolb: Testimonial from Senator Barbara Boxer:
Due to the efforts of the public relations company hired by Dow Corning in the 1990’s, most plastic surgeons have been conditioned to believe that breast implants cause no problems including infection around the foreign body. Frequently any issue with breast implants goes years without diagnosis as unfortunately other doctors are also ignorant of the problems breast implants may cause. I was part of a PR campaign to counter this campaign in the early 1990’s. In a press conference in Washington D.C. which included several famous women who were sick from their breast implants and Senator Barbara Boxer, we presented evidence nationally to counter the PR campaign that breast implants do no harm. At the end of this televised campaign, Senator Barbara Boxer put her arm around me and said “My dear you are very brave”.
Patient testimonials are found at:
Lynne Hayes: What resources do you regard as essential to women considering explant surgery?
Dr Susan Kolb: The Naked Truth About Breast Implants by Susan Kolb, M.D., F.A.C.S., A.B.I.H.M.
Please see the foreword by Dr. Douglas Shanklin, a prominent silicone researcher, as well as the table of contents for the book.