Breast Cancer Surgery

The Surgical Clinic Develops Attack Plan for Breast Cancer Patients

With a diagnosis of breast cancer, we know that you want both the best surgical options for getting rid of the disease and the best options for what you can do to heal. Many times healing will involve reconstructive surgery. Sometimes the reconstruction and cosmetic surgery can begin at the same time as the diseased tissue is removed. In some cases you may want or it may make the best sense to recover from the first surgery and deal with cosmetic surgery later.                                                                          

At The Surgical Clinic, breast specialist cancer surgeons work collaboratively with reconstruction and cosmetic surgeons and you to make sure that you understand your options so that, together, you make the choices that are right for you.           

Identifying what may be happening in breast tissue sometimes will involve Biopsies. A Biopsy can be taken from the specific area of the breast or lymph system in which suspicious areas were found in your mammogram. This surgical procedure is designed to remove small tissue samples so that they can be identified in a laboratory. There may also be an interest in examining your genetic makeup which can give information about whether you may have a gene that tends to lead to breast cancers in the future. All of this information will help you and your doctors develop a plan to treat breast disease and support your health.pink-1745886_1280

A diagnosis of Breast Cancer launches a plan of attack that you and your doctors will make together. Usually, surgery is the very first line of the battle plan. Whether you have a smaller area of tissue removed or have a mastectomy, skin saving mastectomy or nipple saving mastectomy, the goal is the same. Your surgeon will want to take as much tissue as needed to get “clean margins” or evidence that they have removed the cancer cells. Since some forms of cancer will be defined and other types will branch out in the tissue (like a tree) the approach to surgery and the options will vary.

Your approach to surgery will depend on a number of factors including the stage of your cancer, the ‘personality’ of the cancer and what you decide is best for your long-term peace of mind. At The Surgical Clinic, your physician and the entire surgical team is focused on supporting you with the most advanced approaches to Breast Cancer surgical techniques.

Learn more about the Breast Cancer Surgery at the following links:

Breast Anatomy 

What is Breast Cancer

Male Breast Cancer

Types of Breast Biopsies

Percutaneous Breast Biopsy

Axillary Sentinel Node Biopsy

Axillary Sentinel Node Dissection

Axillary node dissection involves removing at least six of the lymph nodes under the arm. These nodes are then sent to the lab where they are checked for cancer. Axillary node dissection is very reliable but has a longer recovery and may pose complications such as lymphedema (swelling of the arm) or nerve damage.

 

Breast Reconstruction

With a diagnosis of breast cancer, we know that you want both the best surgical options for getting rid of the disease and the best options for what you can do to heal. Many times healing will involve reconstructive surgery. Sometimes the reconstruction and cosmetic surgery can begin at the same time as the diseased tissue is removed. In some cases you may want or it may make the best sense to recover from the first surgery and deal with cosmetic surgery later.

At The Surgical Clinic, breast specialist cancer surgeons work collaboratively with reconstruction and cosmetic surgeons and you to make sure that you understand your options so that, together, you make the choices that are right for you. Women who have lost one or both breasts due to disease, can elect to have reconstruction surgery. Often reconstruction surgery will take place at the same time the natural tissue is removed, but it can occur at a later date.

There are several types of reconstruction. Sometimes tissue is taken from your tummy, back, or buttocks to create a breast, sometimes an implant filled with saline or silicone gel may be used. There are procedures which will combine your body tissue with implants. Your surgery will depend on your body, your lifestyle and your preferences.

Reconstruction surgery will last between 2-8 hours. Following surgery, patients will require plenty of rest, limited movement and bandages which help minimize movement of the breast area. Pain medication will be used as needed. A special surgical bra may be required for several weeks once the bandages are removed.