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Breast surgery

Breast surgery

Cardiovascular consultation is the most important aspect of medical treatment. It is an opportunity for patients to discuss about their cardiac problems, current complaints, understand the risks and complications, and to adopt healthy lifestyle habits.

Plastic surgeon

A breast surgeon specializes in the surgical care of breast diseases and conditions. Breast surgeons perform breast biopsy, lumpectomy, mastectomy, breast reconstruction, and other procedures to treat many breast conditions, including breast cancer in both men and women. Breast surgeons also care for patients at risk for breast cancer and those with noncancerous problems, such as breast cysts.

Why do you need to see them?

In most cases, people see a breast surgeon when their primary care doctor or other specialist refers them to one. Doctors often refer their patients to a breast surgeon to diagnose and treat a suspicious breast lump or change in the shape or texture of breast tissue. Breast surgeons also confirm a diagnosis of breast disease made by other doctors. A breast surgeon will evaluate your condition and determine if you need surgery and what type of procedure is right for you.

Consider seeking care from a breast surgeon in the following situations: 

  • You feel a lump or mass in your breast or your doctor finds one on a mammogram.
  • You have breast pain unrelated to your menstrual cycle.
  • You have breast swelling, redness, or inflammation.
  • You notice a change in the shape or texture of the breast.
  • You notice a change in the appearance or texture of the breast skin.
  • You notice fluid (discharge) coming from your nipple.

What do they do?

Breast surgeons perform various procedures and treatments to treat breast diseases and conditions. Breast surgeons use minimally invasive techniques, including laparoscopic surgery when appropriate.

Common surgical procedures include: 

  • Aspiration to drain a breast cyst
  • Biopsy with X-ray or mammography guidance to diagnose breast cancer and other diseases
  • Breast cancer surgery including lumpectomy to remove a breast tumour and mastectomy to remove the entire breast
  • Prophylactic mastectomy to remove the breasts in people with a high risk of breast cancer. A prophylactic mastectomy lowers the risk of breast cancer.
  • Resection of lymph nodes to remove cancerous lymph nodes near the breast
  • Breast reconstruction to restore and rebuild the breast after mastectomy or lumpectomy

Physician consultation is a good opportunity and you should be prepared for it.

  • Carry all necessary medical records for the discussion. It helps in better understanding your heart condition and avoids repetition of diagnostic tests.
  • Make sure you discuss your past medical history, surgical history, family history, and medications that you are taking.
  • Discuss about your lifestyle habits, dietary habits and also about your profession. Your lifestyle and nature of job may be associated with the risk for cardiac diseases.
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