A little over three months ago, Dr. Vipul Gupta was in the operating room for a procedure to remove a large tumor on her right breast.
The surgeon had been working on it for months, but Gupta’s new surgery was the result of an aggressive new approach she had taken for the first time, one that she says is a natural progression in her career.
In February 2016, Gupta had been an associate professor at the University of California, Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, Calif.
She had been on the faculty for nine years.
For her new procedure, she had been able to access a private clinic in Atlanta, Georgia, where she had just received her medical degree.
But as she arrived at the clinic, she was shocked to see that the doctors there were not even registered plastic surgeons.
Instead, they were taking her to a small plastic surgery clinic in a strip mall just outside Memphis, Tenn.
It was an entirely new experience.
Gupta’s procedure would have involved the removal of the large tumor, which was located near the left nipple and was the only one of her many tumors to be removed.
The doctors who were operating on her told Gupta that they were not able to perform the surgery because of her medical history, Gupta said.
They told her that she had to have her breast removed in Memphis, and she was not to see her breasts for a year, Gupta recalled.
But Gupta had already been diagnosed with breast cancer.
She was treated with chemotherapy, and when the cancer returned, she underwent another surgery in March 2016 to remove the remaining tumor.
That surgery, which involved removing two breasts and removing an appendix, was the first major breast cancer surgery in her life, Gupta added.
She says she was thrilled with the outcome of her procedure.
But for the next year and a half, the doctor at the plastic surgery facility that performed it told Gupta she would be limited in what she could do with her new breasts.
She would be required to wear a special breast pump and have to undergo regular injections to keep her breasts in shape.
“I had to go through a year and two months of chemotherapy and get the implants,” Gupta said in an interview with The Associated Press.
“That was the most painful part.”
Gupta was given a breast pump that was implanted in a prosthetic nipple.
But she was unable to wear the pump because she had already received surgery for breast cancer, Gupta explained.
After Gupta had surgery, she would need to wear only a breast prosthesis and inject herself with saline solution to keep the implant in place.
In April 2017, a few weeks before the first anniversary of her surgery, Gupta was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer again.
The cancer had spread to her lymph nodes and lungs.
She spent the next few months in the intensive care unit, but she still managed to keep up with the treatments and surgery, and by September 2017, she said she was able to walk again and was able resume work at the university.
When Gupta was told that her surgery would have to be repeated in a month or two, she knew that the surgery was not a possibility.
She began to worry about her physical and mental health.
She began to panic.
And she began to wonder about the possibility that her cancer would return.
Her decision to stay in Memphis for two years, Gupta says, was not based on any fear of losing her breasts, but on a desire to get back to her normal life.
“The idea of me coming back and getting back to normal was not something I was thinking about.
I was just thinking, I want to be able to see my kids,” Gupta told The AP.
“I didn’t want to see them go through this.”
The surgery did not affect Gupta’s employment.
She has been employed at the hospital ever since.
But there are some who do not believe Gupta should have had surgery in Memphis because of the stigma associated with breast cancers.
In an article published by The Associated College of Surgeons, published earlier this month, Drs.
Jennifer Dyer and Laura C. O’Donnell wrote that Gupta’s decision to remain in Memphis was not driven by a desire for breast health, but rather, a desire not to have to carry the burden of her illness on her family for the rest of her life.
They also write that Gupta did not have the right to request the removal and reconstruction of her breast prostheses.
“When it comes to personal autonomy, we find that many individuals who choose to remain active in a community and care for others may feel they are doing so for their own benefit,” the article states.
“If a medical provider chooses to perform surgery in an effort to restore an individual’s health, then the individual has the right and the obligation to do so.
However, the individual is not bound by a physician’s recommendation for surgery and may decide that the best way forward is to undergo alternative treatments.”Gu