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Oncoplastic breast reconstruction combines treatment of cancer with a plastic surgery technique to immediately reshape the remaining breast tissue and achieve a more satisfying breast appearance following lumpectomy surgery.
Oncoplastic breast conservation represents an entirely new philosophy in breast reconstruction that places increased importance on how a woman feels about the appearance of her breasts after surgery. It requires a coordinated approach with a team of medical professionals including a plastic surgeon, surgical oncologist, medical oncologist, radiation oncologist, radiologist, and pathologist.
It is my belief that many women are subjected to mastectomy without true necessity. My goal is to offer patients who qualify for lumpectomies, a treatment on par with mastectomy in terms of survival–but superior in terms of quality of life.
I have developed a unique technique in oncoplastic surgery, which combine oncology surgery and plastic surgery to offer an alternative to traditional mastectomy or lumpectomy. Oncoplastic surgery is a form of immediate reconstruction that is designed to conserve as much breast tissue as possible while also aggressively removing all of the cancerous tissue.
Since the cancer removal and reconstruction are done at the same time, the vast majority of my patients have all of their surgical treatment completed in one step, with a shorter recovery as compared to mastectomy and reconstruction, and return to life within a few weeks.
The recovery is similar to lumpectomy surgery. Driving by one week. Back to work by two weeks. Full activity by four weeks. This is opposed to 8-12 week recovery with other methods.
By combining the reconstruction with the lumpectomy procedure, I am able to preserve the breast shape and minimize any deformity of the breast. In addition, the opposite breast can be reshaped at the same time if desired, to maintain symmetry.
This is true in many cases – if you simply remove a large part of a breast and don’t do anything to reshape the breast afterward, of course, the breast will heal with a large indentation. But this can be avoided if the breast is immediately reshaped to accommodate for the loss of tissue due to a lumpectomy through oncoplastic surgery.
I am a specialist in this procedure, which saves more breast tissue for a better cosmetic outcome while thoroughly and completely removing cancerous tissue. With oncoplastic breast reconstruction, a woman can have both a healthy body and a beautiful one she is proud of.
For the woman who qualifies for lumpectomy, oncoplastic breast reconstruction can often be the best option. Those who do not qualify may be better candidates for mastectomy and traditional reconstruction.
Our practice makes it easy to travel to Southern California for your breast cancer treatment and specialized breast reconstruction. To assist you, we offer a travel assistance program to guide you in arranging flights and a hotel stay. Patients can return home in 1-2 weeks. Their medical oncologist at home can take over care at that point.
Many of your pre-surgical tests can be performed locally, in your home city, by your personal physician. We can then coordinate with your physician to get the information and test results we need prior to surgery. This allows you to make a shorter trip and return home sooner. Besides helping to ensure that your trip is as brief as possible, we would also like it to be as comfortable as possible.