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Oncoplastic Reconstruction Also known as oncoplastic lumpectomy

The breast surgeon will remove the tumor, a small amount of surrounding tissue, and possibly some of the nearby lymph nodes. Dr. Priti Patel will help reshape the breast and give the best contour possible.

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Oncoplastic Breast Surgery

Oncoplastic breast surgery combines the techniques of traditional breast cancer surgery with the cosmetic advantages of plastic surgery. The goal is to remove cancer while minimizing contour irregularities and depressions in the breast which are commonly seen with a traditional lumpectomy. This allows us to help patients heal both physically and emotionally.

Oncoplastic Techniques

Oncoplastic Reconstruction

Local Advancement Flap With a traditional lumpectomy, a tumor and a small portion of the surrounding tissue is removed. However, depending on the size and location of the tumor, this can deform the breast.

Bilateral Breast Reduction When a lumpectomy is performed on only one breast, it can reduce its size and alter its shape. A bilateral breast reduction solves this problem by altering the size and shape of the other breast as well. We are also able to take off volume from the breasts in women with larger breasts thereby helping with back pains, shoulder pains and other symptoms of large breasts.

Bilateral Breast Lift (Mastopexy) A bilateral breast lift, or mastopexy, is a more minimal form of bilateral breast reduction. This is a good option for women who don’t want to significantly reduce the original shape of their breasts. This will help to elevate breasts and reduce the sagging appearance while maintaining the shape after a cancer operation.

Oncoplastic Reconstruction

How Oncoplastic Surgery Works

The breast cancer surgery operation and plastic surgery operation are performed one after the other. Doing this has several benefits:

Oncoplastic surgery is most commonly performed in association with a lumpectomy. To begin, the surgeon will remove the tumor, a small amount of surrounding tissue, and possibly some of the nearby lymph nodes. Then the plastic surgeon will perform a bilateral breast reduction or lift to make the two breasts symmetrical.

  • Requires only one surgical session
  • Allows a greater amount of tissue to be removed, which can be helpful for larger tumors
  • Makes it easier to produce symmetrical breasts
  • Performed before radiation therapy, which helps patients avoid potential complications of exposing surgical wounds to radiation

FAQ's

Is oncoplastic breast reduction an effective treatment of breast cancer? Have clinical trials been conducted to evaluate its effectiveness?

Oncoplastic breast reduction allows large-breasted women to have the same breast tissue removed as they would with lumpectomy. In addition, the oncoplastic reduction is followed by radiation, just as the traditional lumpectomy would be. There is no compromise in cancer care. The benefit would be to reduce both breasts symmetrically to avoid difficulty with bra fitting and asymmetry that can occur with traditional lumpectomy.

A standard oncoplastic procedure may utilize local tissue to help rearrange the breast tissue to maintain the contour and shape of a breast and reduce potential for irregularities after radiation therapy. Many options exist for oncoplastic reconstruction. These will be discussed during your consultation. A huge benefit is that it is done at the same time as the lumpectomy.

How do the long-term results of oncoplastic breast reduction compare with other surgical options, in terms of cancer therapy?

Many studies have demonstrated that oncoplastic surgery in conjunction with a lumpectomy is an oncologically safe procedure that does not compromise cancer outcomes. In fact, there are some that believe it can improve outcomes since a larger amount of breast tissue can be safely removed.

Because breasts are often more symmetric and contoured, the cosmetic and functional outcomes are thought to be superior as compared to lumpectomy alone.

All of these procedures are done prior to radiation. It is well known that any reconstruction after radiation poses more difficulty and higher complications, thus we feel this is a great procedure for women considering lumpectomy.

What are the complications associated with oncoplastic breast reduction?

The possible complications are similar to both the lumpectomy and the traditional breast reduction operations. Complications with this surgery are rare, however all surgeries have risks. These can include bleeding, infection, decrease or increase in nipple sensation, wound healing issues, and some asymmetry. Our patient's find the results highly satisfactory. Photos can be demonstrated during your visit.

Who is an ideal candidate for oncoplastic breast reduction?

The best candidates benefit from volume reduction and have symptoms of macromastia (heavy, large breasts). They may also have concerns of back pain, neck pain, shoulder grooving, or rashes under the breast.

Even women with smaller breasts are still potential candidates as the volume removed is customized and can be done simultaneously to the other breast leading to a lifted appearance. Also, oncoplastic reduction is possible in patients who have had prior breast surgery.


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