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Patient Resources

Appointments and Consultations

To schedule an appointment, please call 516-889-9100. Our staff will be happy to assist you in making an appointment to accommodate your schedule.

We welcome new patients. We understand the patients’ sense of urgency in seeing a surgeon and will be happy to accommodate same day or next day appointments.

When calling for the first time, please have the name, address and telephone number of your referring physician available.

In order to provide a comprehensive evaluation, the following items are needed:

  • Most current and two prior years of mammography and ultrasound (sonogram) films and radiology reports
  • Breast MRI report *if performed*
  • All breast biopsy and pathology reports

Cancellations

If you are unable to keep an appointment, we ask that you kindly provide us with at least 48 hours notice. This courtesy on your part will make it possible to make this appointment available to other patients.

Emergencies

Our practice provides on call service for emergencies 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Call 516-889-9100 and Dr. Benowitz will be notified immediately.

Our Office Hours

Monday - Friday
9:30am-8pm

516-889-9100
Fax 516-889-9108


Health Insurance Plans

Most insurance plans are accepted (inquire within).

**We welcome SELF- PAY patients**

  • Payment plans may be arranged for patients without coverage.
  • Acceptable forms of payments include: Cash, Checks, Debit and Credit Cards

Your Referrals

Dr. Benowitz considers a referral to be the highest compliment he can receive. He would be honored to help your family members and friends.

When to Contact a Medical Professional

Contact your health care provider for an appointment if:

  • You have a breast or armpit lump or any changes in the breast
  • You are a women age 40 or older and have not had a mammogram in the last year
  • You are a woman age 35 or older and have a mother or sister with breast cancer, or have already had cancer of the breast, uterus, ovary, or colon.
  • You do not know how or need help learning how to perform a breast self-examination

Prevention

  • Many risk factors-such as your genes and family history-cannot be controlled.  However, a healthy diet and a few lifestyles changes may reduce your overall chance of cancer in general.
  • Breast cancer is more easily treated and often curable if it is found early.
  • Early detection involves:
    • Breast self-exams (BSE)
    • Clinical breast exams by a medical professional
    • Screening mammography

Most experts recommend that women age 20 and older examine their breasts once a month during the week following the menstrual period.

Women between the ages 20 and 39 should have a doctor examine their breasts.

After Age 40:

Women 40 and older should have a mammogram every year, depending on their risk factors.  Women should call their doctor immediately if they notice any change in their breast

Patient Forms & Instructions

Note: These files are in PDF format. If you do not have Adobe® Reader® on your computer, you can download it for free by clicking here or on the Get Adobe Reader icon.

Your Growing Confidence

Most patients feel a measure of anxiety when they visit a surgeon’s office. Patient who replace this anxiety with confidence in their surgeon tend to do better in surgery and to recover quicker. Experience has shown that they:

  • Beat the statistics
  • Enjoy an easy, smooth surgery
  • Have less complications
  • Heal faster
  • Get out of the hospital faster

Dr. Benowitz sees patients who have already been diagnosed with a surgical problem as well as patients who suspect they may benefit from surgical evaluation. This would include physician, patient and self referrals. In all instances, Dr. Benowitz performs a complete and thorough assessment of your needs and problems.
Studies consistently point toward a strong correlation between positive thinking and full recovery. Knowing this, Dr.Benowitz has prepared a packet of information to acquaint you with his services and credentials.

How to Choose Your Breast Surgeon

Some people make the mistake of choosing a hospital before they choose a surgeon. In these cases, they believe a teaching hospital in a large city will give them the best results. These patients are often disappointed when they discover that a resident physician without direct experience is responsible for your care.

Dr. Benowitz will perform your preoperative, surgical, and postoperative procedures himself. Care is never delegated to surgeons in training. Dr. Benowitz, as Director of Surgery at Long Beach Memorial Hospital, personally:

  1. Performs his own ultrasound localization prior to surgery. This procedure, which in other institutions, would be performed by a radiologist, is done by Dr. Benowitz himself to ensure comfort and confidence to his patients.
  2. Performs the injection with nuclear dye and blue dye for Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy
  3. Evaluates the orientation of the specimen with the pathologist to reduce the return to the operating room for inadequate margins
  4. Assures that the target lesion is removed and evaluated under his guidance by the pathologist
  5. Performs oncoplastic surgery and, if necessary, works with outstanding plastic surgeons to provide reconstruction and restore the patients’ positive body image

Dr. Benowitz’s greatest strength is the delivery of excellent clinical care and compassion to his patients. He emphasizes the importance of continued mammography and early detection of breast cancer. He exposes his patients to all surgical alternatives and encourages them to take the time to explore the various options. Most importantly, Dr. Benowitz provides quality and compassionate medical care and promotes the early detection of breast cancer which will lead to better lives for women.

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Services

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  • Surgical Consultations
  • Breast Sonography
  • Mammographic Evaluation
  • Image-Guided Breast Biopsy
  • Breast Conservation Surgery
  • Oncoplastic Surgery
  • Mastectomy
  • Reconstruction