Paul J. Therattil, M.D.

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Dr. Paul J. Therattil completed his undergraduate education at Dartmouth. He subsequently earned his medical degree from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, graduating at the top of his class with election to the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society. He was also recognized by his faculty and peers for his dedication to compassionate patient care with election to the Arnold P. Gold Humanism Honor Society. After medical school, he went on to complete a 6-year residency training program in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and its affiliate hospitals.

Dr. Therattil is a board-certified plastic surgeon with a specific interest in free flap breast reconstruction and extremity salvage. He is also a fellowship-trained microsurgeon, having completed additional training in breast reconstruction and complex microsurgery at the University of Pennsylvania – the highest volume breast reconstruction center in the nation. Here he learned advanced muscle-sparing techniques in perforator free flap breast reconstruction (i.e. DIEP flap). He also spent time training in extremity salvage techniques as well as targeted muscle reinnervation to prevent and treat phantom limb pain in amputees.

Dr. Therattil has authored numerous articles and book chapters with a focus on optimizing outcomes in breast reconstruction, gender-affirming surgery, microsurgery, and the prevention of surgical infections. His research has been presented nationally and internationally and garnered a number of awards. One of Dr. Therattil’s passions is the education of medical students and surgeons-in-training, for which he has been nominated for multiple teaching awards.

Dr. Therattil operates at Hackensack University Medical Center and Vanguard Surgical Center (Maywood, NJ).

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Dr. Therattil Surgical Specializations

Breast Cancer Reconstruction

One of the most gratifying and redeeming conclusions to breast cancer treatment is breast reconstruction.

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Breast Reduction

Time, gravity, pregnancy, nursing and weight change can all have a less than desired effect on the appearance of a woman’s breasts.

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Complex Microsurgery

During a complex microsurgery, a surgeon uses magnification of up to 50 times to complete delicate operations on tiny structures within the body. Microsurgery can be performed almost anywhere within the body, and generally allows surgeons to repair blood vessels and nerves smaller than 1 mm in diameter.

Microsurgery may be utilized to cover exposed internal structures and restore shape and function, such as the reattachment of severed parts, breast reconstruction and complex extremity surgery.

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Complex Reconstruction

Complex reconstruction surgery may be required to resolve trauma, congenital defects, infection or cancer. To reach the best outcomes, complex reconstructive surgery may require multiple procedures, prosthesis, biomaterials, tissue grafting and microsurgical transplants.

Drs. Cohen, Winters, Yueh and Therattil are among the most experienced and well-trained reconstructive surgeons in Bergen County, N.J. and are dedicated to improving the lives of patients in need of complex reconstructive surgery.

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