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How is oncoplastic surgery performed?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery

Patients who undergo oncoplastic surgical procedure for breast cancer may undergo one of multiple procedures. Depending upon the specific type of cancer, nonaggressive or less invasive such as infiltrative ductal carcinoma, may require a simple lumpectomy and concurrent lymph node dissection with radiation. The patient may undergo breast cancer reconstruction, tissue expanders or autologous flap reconstruction. Both breasts could be reconstructed in order to regain symmetry including implants, breast lifting, and breast reduction surgery. The nipple-areola complex may not always be salvageable and later surgical reconstruction may include reconstructing the areola with a full-thickness skin graft and the nipple-areola complex with a pedicle flap.

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