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Discussing the options for treating breast cancer can be almost as overwhelming as the initial diagnosis. If your doctors have recommended breast surgery, you are likely hearing terms like lumpectomy, mastectomy and breast reconstruction. Understanding the different breast procedures associated with a cancer diagnosis is crucial for making the best decisions for your future health and self-image.
The breast doctors at the Breast Surgery Center of Excellence specialize in breast cancer surgery and reconstruction. If you have questions about the various breast procedures, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation by calling (888) 316-4167.
Here are some of the most common procedures associated with breast cancer:
Q: Who should consider a prophylactic mastectomy?
A. Women with a strong family history of breast cancer and those with abnormal gene mutations may want to consider a preventative mastectomy.
Q: What are some risks associated with a mastectomy?
A: Though a mastectomy is widely regarded as a safe procedure, every surgery carries with it some degree of risk. In rare cases, mastectomy patients experience pain, swelling, numbness and the hardening of tissue at the incision site. The risk of infection may be reduced by having surgery at an outpatient facility like La Peer’s Breast Center of Excellence instead of a hospital.
Q: Who is a good candidate for breast reconstruction revision?
A: Women who are unhappy with the appearance of their breasts after reconstruction are good candidates for revision and should contact the Breast Center for a consultation. Our doctors specialize in correcting problems such as scarring, asymmetry and divots in the tissue.
Q: Will I need an additional breast surgery for nipple reconstruction?
A: Depending upon the type of mastectomy required in your particular case, you may need an additional procedure to reconstruct the nipple and areole.
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with breast cancer, then you know what an overwhelming experience it can be. Leaders in their field, the surgeons at the breast surgery center specialize in procedures to treat breast cancer and reconstruct the breasts. Contact us for a consultation to learn about all the available options.
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