Breast surgeons have extensive experience in and a strong commitment to the evaluation and care of patients with benign and malignant diseases of the breast. In the past decade, surgeons who want to specialize in breast surgery have been able to do a fellowship program in breast surgery, meaning they spend another one or two years focusing on specifically on breast-specific surgical training.
- Breast cancer risk assessment
- Breast Surgery
- Breast surgery (benign and breast cancer)
- Treatment of benign breast disease
- Treatment of breast cancer
What Is Fellowship Training for Breast Surgeons?
The American Society of Breast Surgeons has issued the following statement about breast surgery fellowship training:
"The development of comprehensive breast centers has allowed for multimodality therapy in the evaluation and treatment of breast disease, including cancer. Within the multidisciplinary breast care team, the surgeon has emerged as an integral member of the team. A special kind of surgeon is needed to meet the emotional needs of the breast cancer patient, as well as a desire to master the technical skills required to perform the highest quality surgery."
At Stamford Health Medical Group, we are fortunate in having fellowship-trained breast surgeons that bring the highest level of expertise to our patients.
Conditions Breast Surgeons Treat
- Benign Breast Disease: Our surgeons treat a number of benign breast issues including fibrocystic breast changes, nipple discharge, mastitis, abnormal breast imaging, benign breast masses, and High Risk screening for patients with family history of breast and ovarian cancers
- Breast Cancer: Women today have many options for treating breast cancer. Sometimes that can get overwhelming. If you need breast cancer surgery, our surgeons will work with you to review the options of breast conservation (keeping the breast intact) versus mastectomy (removing all of the breast tissue). Our surgeons are available for consultations five days a week and in the event a problem is identified, appointments can be made to see a surgeon within 24-36 hours.
Types of Breast Surgery
Breast Conserving Procedures
- Lumpectomy or Partial Mastectomy: Removal of cancer tissue and a rim of healthy surrounding tissue Breast Conserving Procedures
Breast Removal Procedures
- Total (or simple) mastectomy: Removal of entire breast
- Modified radical mastectomy: Removal of breast and lymph nodes
- Radical mastectomy: Removal of breast, lymph nodes and chest wall muscles
- Nipple and skin sparing mastectomy: Removal of the breast while saving the nipple and chest wall skin
- Prophylactic Mastectomy
Lymph Node Procedures
- Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy: Removal of select armpit lymph nodes to test to see if the cancer has spread
- Axillary Lymph Node Dissection: Removal of the vast majority of armpit lymph nodes usually done because the cancer has spread
Breast Reconstruction Procedures
Many women who undergo mastectomy choose immediate breast reconstruction. Breast surgeons work closely with the breast cancer team to provide patients with reconstructive options that are individualized to them.
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