Surgery

Surgery is one of the most common types of treatment for breast cancer, and at Edith Sanford Breast Center our surgeons offer all of the latest breast cancer surgery options available.

Lumpectomy A lumpectomy is surgery to remove just a small portion of the breast that includes the area where the tumor is located. Radiation therapy is often given after breast-conserving surgery to destroy cancer cells that may not have been removed during surgery. In some cases, chemotherapy and radiation are both given after breast-conserving surgery.

Mastectomy Mastectomy is surgery to remove the breast. There are 3 types of mastectomy surgeries. Your surgeon can explain the benefits and risks of each type:

  • Simple mastectomy.
    This type removes the whole breast and often the lining over the chest muscle.
  • Modified radical mastectomy.
    This type removes the whole breast, most of the lymph nodes under the arm, and often the lining over the chest muscles. Sometimes the doctor has to remove 1 of the 2 chest muscles.
  • Radical mastectomy. This done in very rare cases. For this surgery, the surgeon removes the whole breast, all of the lymph nodes under the arm, the lining over the chest muscles, and both of the chest muscles under the breast.

Nipple Sparing Mastectomy* At Edith Sanford Breast Center we also offer nipple sparing mastectomy surgery. This procedure removes the breast tissue while keeping the breast skin and nipple area intact. For eligible patients whose cancer has not spread to the nipple area, a nipple-sparing mastectomy is a great option that provides considerable benefits for women.

  • Keeps the nipple-area intact
  • Breast can look almost unchanged

Hidden Scar™ Surgery* Years ago, breast cancer surgery resulted in large visible scars. The Hidden Scar™ Breast Cancer Surgery technique is an option that helps hide the scars of surgery. By performing Hidden Scar™ Breast Cancer Surgery, surgeons effectively treat cancer, preserve the natural shape of the breast, and leave no visible reminder behind. For eligible patient, is has considerable benefits.

  • Little to no visible reminder of surgery
  • Helps women recover both emotionally and psychologically
  • Improve self-esteem and body image

A lot can factor into what surgery options is right for you.

  • The size of your breast
  • The size, location and stage of the tumor
  • Certain features of your breast cancer
  • How you feel about the look and feel of your breast after surgery
  • How you feel about radiation therapy

Our highly-trained team of breast specialists will make sure you know the benefits and risks of each, answer any questions and help you decide which surgery option is right for you.

*Ask your physician which surgical options are available in your region.

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Breast Reconstruction

The Region’s Only Comprehensive Breast Reconstruction Program

Many women who have breast surgery also choose to have breast reconstruction. In fact, reconstruction is often one of the first things women think about when undergoing breast cancer surgery. Because of this, at Edith Sanford Breast Center, our breast surgical and reconstruction teams work together with our patients to ensure they get the results they want.

At Edith Sanford Breast Center, we offer all of the reconstruction options to ensure patients have more choices to find the care path right for them.

Microvascular Breast Reconstruction*
Microvascular breast reconstruction is a highly advanced technique where a patient’s own tissue is detached and transferred to reconstruct new breasts, which look and feel natural. This can be a great alternative for women who do not want breast implants.

  • A more natural look and feel without an implant
  • Uses the body’s own tissue to reshape the breast
  • Eliminates the risk of complications from breast implants

Pre-pectoral Breast Implants*
Pre-pectoral breast implants is a newer option that allows the breast implant to sit on top of the chest muscle, versus underneath. For eligible patients, this option can provide a lot of benefits.

  • Less painful
  • Fewer or no visits are needed for expansions
  • Produces great outcomes for patients undergoing a nipple-sparing mastectomy or a standard skin-sparing mastectomy

Corrective “Revision” Breast Reconstruction*
At Edith Sanford Breast Center, we see many patients who have had previous, failed reconstruction procedures and are unhappy with the results—whether this is because of cosmetic outcomes, complications or severe pain.

Our highly-trained team of breast specialists will make sure you know the benefits and risks of each, answer any questions and help you decide which reconstruction option is right for you.

*Ask your physician which reconstruction options are available in your region.