Breast Surgery: Understanding Your Options
Breast surgery is a common treatment option for women diagnosed with breast cancer. This procedure can help remove cancerous tissue and improve a patient's chances of successful treatment. While the thought of surgery can be daunting, it is important to understand the different types of breast surgery available and the benefits and risks associated with each procedure.
Here are the main types of breast surgery for cancer:
Lumpectomy: This is a procedure in which only the cancerous tissue is removed, preserving as much of the normal breast tissue as possible. This option is often recommended for women with early-stage breast cancer.
Mastectomy: This procedure involves the removal of the entire breast. Mastectomies can be either simple (removal of the breast tissue only) or total (removal of the breast tissue, nipples, and areolas). This option is often recommended for women with larger or more advanced tumors.
Reconstruction: After a mastectomy, some women may choose to undergo breast reconstruction surgery to restore the appearance of the breast. This can be done using either implants or a patient's own tissue.
It is important to understand the benefits and risks associated with each procedure and to discuss the options with your doctor. At NY Breast Health, your doctor can help you determine which type of surgery is best for your specific case and help you understand what to expect during the recovery process. With the right support and care, you can take control of your breast health.