There are two main types of breast surgery: breast-conserving surgery and mastectomy. In addition to breast surgery, the team at Surgical Specialists of Greater NY may also perform lymph node surgery.
During breast-conserving surgery, your surgeon removes the cancerous tissue along with some of the surrounding healthy tissue. Your surgeon may recommend this procedure if you have a small tumor.
People with larger tumors may undergo chemotherapy to shrink the tumor and then have breast-conserving surgery.
Following the procedure, you have radiation therapy to destroy any remaining cancerous tissue not removed during surgery. Radiation therapy is part of the breast-conserving surgery protocol for breast cancer and reduces your risk of recurrence.
During a mastectomy, your surgeon removes the entire breast and some of the surrounding tissue. In most cases, the surgeons remove all of the breast tissue, including fat, ducts, lobules, skin, nipple, and areola.
However, your surgeon may use newer surgical techniques that spare your skin or nipple to improve appearance.
Lymph node surgery
The surgeons at Surgical Specialists of Greater NY may also perform surgery to remove nearby lymph nodes to see if the cancer has spread.
Your surgeon may also talk to you about breast reconstruction surgery following your breast surgery. Plastic surgeons perform breast reconstruction surgery, which may occur on the same day as your breast surgery or at another time.