Breast Cancer Surgery

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.best-breast-cancer-treatment-los-angeles

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.

Breast Cancer Surgery Treatment Options

Here are some of the most common procedures associated with breast cancer:

  • One-Stage Breast Reconstruction – Offered at the Breast Surgery Center of Excellence, one-stage breast reconstruction is a cutting-edge outpatient procedure that allows surgeons to perform a mastectomy and place permanent breast implants at the same time. First, a surgical oncologist will perform the mastectomy. Then, using a natural collagen called Alloderm, the breast surgeon will fashion an internal bra to hold the implant. The patient will wake up from her mastectomy surgery with beautiful new breasts. Learn more about One-Stage Breast Reconstruction.
  • Lumpectomy – Often used to confirm a cancer diagnosis, a lumpectomy is the removal of abnormal tissue from the breast. While you are under anesthesia, your surgeon will remove the lump in questions, along with samples of surrounding tissue to make sure the cancer has not spread. Unlike a mastectomy, a lumpectomy leaves most of the breast intact. The surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, and patients can typically go home the same day. Learn more about a Lumpectomy. Also find out about a lumpectomy with needle localization.
  • Mastectomy – Used both to treat and prevent breast cancer, mastectomy is surgery to remove one or both breasts (bilateral mastectomy). Doctors often recommend mastectomy over lumpectomy and radiation for patients with tumors in multiple areas of the breast; inflammatory or recurrent breast cancer; a strong family history of cancer and those who can’t undergo radiation due to pregnancy or another condition. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and may be combined with breast reconstruction. Learn more about a Mastectomy.
  • Breast Reconstruction After Cancer (Traditional) – Traditionally, breast reconstruction procedures have been performed after a mastectomy. During the mastectomy, the surgeon places tissue expanders to stretch the chest muscles. Using saline injections, the surgeon inflates the expanders over a period of several months before performing another surgery to place the implants. Not only is this method of reconstruction painful, as the tissue expanders stretch the muscles, but it also requires a patient to undergo a second surgery. Many women find this experience difficult and demoralizing and are ultimately unhappy with the resulting scars from two procedures. Learn more about Breast Reconstruction After Cancer.
  • Breast Reconstruction Revision – Performed on an outpatient basis, breast reconstruction revision is an option for women who are unhappy with previous reconstruction efforts. The surgeons at the Breast Center specialize in correcting problems such as large mastectomy scars, uneven breasts and poorly placed implants. Learn more about Breast Reconstruction Revision.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Contact the Breast Surgery Center of Excellence

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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