Not long ago, women with breast cancer had very few options for their treatment, but that has changed. As a highly regarded specialist in breast cancer, Peter Beitsch, MD, at Dallas Surgical Group is proud to offer the most advanced options, including oncoplastic surgical techniques. These techniques allow your breast cancer to be effectively treated while simultaneously receiving plastic surgery to maintain your natural appearance (or even improved!). To learn if you’re a good candidate for oncoplastic surgery, call the office in Dallas, or schedule an appointment online.
Oncoplastic surgery allows women to have their breast cancer treated while preserving the appearance of their breasts. During oncoplastic surgery, your cancer is removed and then plastic surgical techniques are immediately performed to reconstruct the breast. Plastic surgery is often performed on the opposite breast to ensure a symmetrical appearance.
There are many different factors to consider when making a decision about your oncoplastic surgery. Dr. Beitsch supports you through each step, beginning with talking about the size of your tumor, the extent of your breast cancer surgery, and how these variables affect the type of oncoplastic surgery you may need.
Women often undergo breast reduction surgery, especially if the tumor is large and requires the removal of a significant amount of tissue. Breast reduction is also a good option for women whose breasts are uncomfortably large.
If you don’t want breast reduction surgery, you may choose a bilateral mastopexy, or in everyday terms, a breast lift. With this option, your breasts are reshaped and lifted, with only a minimal change in their overall size.
No matter which type of plastic surgery is the best choice for you, Dr. Beitsch and the plastic surgeon work together, coordinating your surgery to achieve your desired outcome.
When you choose oncoplastic surgery, your breast cancer treatment proceeds exactly as it would if you weren’t getting plastic surgery. In other words, you can have the best of both worlds: The goal is better looking breasts without compromising your cancer care.
For most women, the oncology part of their oncoplastic care involves a lumpectomy, which is surgery to remove the tumor, combined with radiation therapy. At the time of your surgery, Dr. Beitsch removes the tumor and lymph nodes. Then either Dr. Beitsch or the plastic surgeon performs the plastic portion of the operation depending on the complexity.
During breast reduction surgery, excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin are removed, then the nipple is repositioned to fit the new size and shape of your breasts. If you have a breast lift, the underlying breast tissue is lifted, and any excess skin is removed. The nipples can be reduced in size, if needed, before they’re replaced in the proper position.
The team at Dallas Surgical Group is proud to provide oncoplastic surgery as an option for breast cancer care. If you have any questions about the procedure or you’d like to schedule a consultation, call the office or book an appointment online.