What are benefits of oncoplastic surgery performed at time of lumpectomy?

Oncoplastic surgery can help treat cancer while improving the shape of the breast at the same time. In this video, Kay Shawchuck, MD, of St. Petersburg General Hospital, explains the benefits of the procedure.
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There are many upsides to having bilateral breast reduction or lift at the same time you're undergoing a lumpectomy. These include:

  • You will only need one surgery.
  • Your surgery is completed prior to radiation, so you avoid the risks of wound-healing problems that can occur with post-radiation surgery.
  • You have symmetric breasts after lumpectomy.
  • You get relief from the symptoms of large breasts, if this was a problem before surgery.

These surgeries generally do not involve drains. They may be outpatient or possibly require one night in the hospital. Recovery time is six weeks, but most people usually feel better and are able to return to work in three to four weeks.

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Breast Reconstruction Surgery

Breast Reconstruction Surgery

Women who have aggressive forms of breast cancer, or who are at high risk of developing the disease, sometimes choose to have a mastectomy, the surgical removal of one or both breasts. Some patients may then choose to have surgery ...

to reconstruct their breasts to restore their form and shape. During this procedure, doctors can replace any skin, breast tissue or a nipple that they may have removed during the surgery. (If you still need radiation therapy after your mastectomy, your doctor may suggest you wait for reconstructive surgery until after you finish treatment.) Breast implants, filled with either silicone or saline, can be used to reshape your breast, or you can even use your own tissue, a procedure called flap surgery. Both breast implants and flap surgery are complex procedures, each with their own risks; they may require second surgeries to position the breasts correctly. Most insurance companies will cover this type of reconstructive surgery. Learn more about breast reconstruction with expert advice from Sharecare.

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