Breast Cancer Surgery
Breast surgeons in Nashville
Dr. John Boskind
Dr. Rachel Bryant
St. Thomas West
Dr. Mark Cooper
Dr. Alex Fruin
Dr. Mark Hinson
Dr. Chad Moss
Dr. Tyson Thomas
St. Thomas West
Dr. John Valentine
Breast Cancer Surgery Options
What type of surgery do they do for breast cancer?
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 women who have lost one or both breasts due to disease can elect to have reconstruction surgery. Sometimes the reconstruction and cosmetic surgery can begin at the same time as the diseased tissue is removed. In some cases, it may make the best sense to recover from the first surgery and deal with cosmetic surgery later.
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.
At The Surgical Clinic in Tennessee, 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.
What is breast reconstructive surgery?
Breast reconstruction enhances or restores the look, shape, and feel of the breasts after a mastectomy or breast cancer treatment surgery. Reconstructive surgery can happen the same day as a mastectomy or at a later date. Often, breast reconstruction helps women return to normalcy after breast cancer. Therefore, it can be an emotional and sensitive process that can feel overwhelming at times.
There are several types of breast 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 that will combine your body tissue with implants. Your surgery will depend on your body, your lifestyle, and your preferences.
TYPES OF BREAST Reconstruction SURGERY
The board certified aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgeons in Nashville perform all types of breast cancer reconstructions, while several our breast surgeons specialize in the removal of breast cancer. Together, our network of surgeons work collaboratively to ensure each patient is treated with the most personalized care available today.
Breast implant surgery versus tissue based reconstruction
Which type of reconstruction surgery you choose is a personal choice. You may also opt for a mix of different reconstruction methods or reconstruction over a period of time. Talk with your surgeon about any concerns you have, and they will help you decide the best option.
What is implant based breast reconstruction?
Once the breast cancer is removed, patients may opt to have breast implants to replace the lost breast tissue. Breast implants restore shape and volume to the chest, and there are several options of implants to choose from. The surgeon will place the implant either over or under your chest muscle and cover it with your original breast skin or using a skin graft.
While breast implants are fairly popular choice, the procedure can also be done with a tissue reconstruction, where the surgeon uses both implants and a flap to reconstruct the breast.
What is tissue based breast reconstruction?
Tissue based breast reconstruction is often referred to as a ‘flap’ reconstruction. This is when the surgeon uses tissue from another area of the patient to reconstruct the breast. The surgeon will take skin, fat, and muscle from your belly or buttocks, which resemble breast tissue, to reconstruct the breast. Combining tissue based reconstruction and implants produces a more realistic result.
How long does it take to recover from Breast reconstruction surgery?
Recovery in the hospital typically lasts about 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.
About one to two weeks after your surgery, your doctor will schedule a follow-up appointment to check in on your healing progress. They will look at your condition, inform you about test results, like negative margins, and map a plan for your next recovery steps. However, if you experience unexpected or extreme symptoms, contact your doctor to examine possible surgery complications.
Breast Reconstruction in Nashville
At The Surgical Clinic in Nashville, most types and stages of breast cancer require breast reconstruction surgery as part of the treatment plan. We at The Surgical Clinic are committed to helping you find the best treatment option and type of breast reconstruction and guide you along every step of your treatment journey. For more information about our Middle Tennessee clinics and breast surgeons, watch the videos below and click on our surgeon profiles.
We have multiple skilled surgeons across the Middle Tennessee area. Find the one best suited for you and book an appointment today!
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