Breast cancer is the second-most common type of cancer in women, following skin cancer. Most people with breast cancer need breast surgery to remove the cancerous tissue. The team of board-certified general surgeons at Surgical Clinic, PC in Auburn & Opelika, Alabama, performs breast surgery using the most advanced tools and techniques. To schedule a breast surgery consultation with the most well-respected surgeons in Alabama, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Breast surgery refers to various procedures that alter breast tissue. There are many reasons why someone may want or need breast surgery.
Some people may seek breast surgery for cosmetic reasons to enhance or reduce the size of their breasts. Breast surgery is also one of the primary treatments for breast cancer.
The team at Surgical Clinic, PC specializes in diagnosing and treating breast cancer.
The team at Surgical Clinic, PC performs many breast surgery procedures, including biopsies to diagnose breast cancer. Types of breast surgery include:
Imaging tests such as a mammogram or ultrasound may find abnormal breast tissue, but you need a biopsy to confirm if you have cancer. During a biopsy, your surgeon uses various techniques — fine-needle aspiration or core biopsy — to remove tissue or fluid from your breast.
They send the tissue sample to the lab for analysis.
A lumpectomy is a breast-conserving surgical procedure. Your surgeon removes the cancer and some of the surrounding healthy tissue; the amount of breast tissue that is removed depends on the size of the tumor. Your surgeon may also remove your lymph nodes.
After a lumpectomy, you need additional treatments for your cancer such as radiation therapy.
During a simple mastectomy, your surgeon removes the entire breast, but not the lymph nodes. The surgeons perform this procedure in women who have cancer only in the milk ducts.
The surgeons may perform a nipple-sparing simple mastectomy, removing the tissue but not the nipple.
Women who are at risk of breast cancer may consider a simple mastectomy as a means of prevention.
During a modified radical mastectomy, your surgeon removes the entire breast tissue and the lymph nodes under the arm, but not the chest wall muscles.
For a radical mastectomy, the surgeons remove the breasts, lymph nodes, and chest wall muscles. The team only performs a radical mastectomy if you have a large breast cancer tumor invading the chest wall muscle.
You can expect compassionate and professional care when you visit Surgical Clinic, PC for a breast surgery consultation. The team reviews your medical history, completes a physical, and examines your imaging tests.
Your surgeon then talks to you about your surgical options, and together you decide what treatment makes the best choice for you.
Schedule a breast surgery consultation at Surgical Clinic, PC by calling the office or booking an appointment online today.