Breast-conserving surgery or lumpectomy is the most common form of breast cancer surgery. With a lumpectomy, the tumor and some surrounding tissue is removed. Following surgery, the patient may also undergo radiation therapy.
Mastectomy and Reconstructive Breast Surgery
Mastectomy is surgery in which breast tissue, along with the cancerous tumor, is removed. Breast reconstruction may be performed simultaneously to mastectomy for immediate restoration of volume and shape or at a later date if radiation therapy is necessary. Immediate reconstruction allows for a skin-sparing mastectomy in those who are appropriate candidates. The surgeons will consult with each patient to determine if immediate or delayed reconstruction is best.
St. Peter's is proud of its state-of-the-art operating rooms and outstanding surgical teams. Should a patient require breast surgery, St. Peter's confidently offers the finest reconstructive surgery in the capital region. The three main types of breast reconstruction are:
- implant reconstruction: implants can be made of various materials (saline, silicone, polypropylene string, soy oil, etc.).
- tissue flap reconstruction, in which skin, muscle and fat from your back or abdomen is tunneled into the chest to create a new breast but remains connected to the area of the body from which it came.
- free flap reconstruction, in which skin and fat from your lower abdomen, or occasionally buttock, is grafted to the breast area. In this procedure, the skin and fat is completely removed from its original location. A blood supply is then created to this new breast tissue using microsurgery.
St. Peter's Breast Surgery
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