Oncoplastic surgery combines the latest aesthetic surgery techniques with breast surgical oncology. It involves careful planning before surgery takes place to ensure the most natural outcome while always focusing on the best cancer management.
When a tumor or lump is removed from the breast, it can leave that breast out of proportion or misshapen. At the Geoplasty Center, Dr. Georgopoulos is an expert in using oncoplastic procedures to ensure excellent symmetry of the breasts, leaving the patient self-confident and happier with her appearance.
During a lumpectomy, oncoplastic procedures involve having the remaining breast tissue sculpted and the nipple area realigned to give a natural appearance to the breast area. One of the key points of oncoplastic surgery is that scarring is kept to a minimum.
Oncoplasty can be an excellent solution for women who will not want to have disfigurement to the breast as well as the implications of recovering from a cancer diagnosis. Oncoplastic surgery can also be a good option for women who are having a breast reduction or a breast lift (mastopexy).
During the lumpectomy, Dr. Georgopoulos will carry out a bilateral breast reduction or lift, taking away cancerous breast tissue while he shapes the breast. This procedure typically involves making an incision from the nipple area to the lower fold of the breast.
In some cases, the oncoplastic procedure may involve removing the nipple and then regrafting it to the breast after the main surgery is complete. This technique is rarely used and is only done so as a last resort.
A lumpectomy can require a wide variety of procedures, depending on the size of the tumor to be removed and its position on the breast. Dr. Georgopoulos has extensive experience in dealing with all situations, and during consultation he will review your specific situation and all the available options for you.
After the Procedure
After oncoplastic surgery, the patient might be able to leave on the same day or spend only one night. In both cases, you will need to have someone available to bring you home and be with you during your initial recovery period.
There is likely to be some pain and swelling after the procedure, and Dr. Georgopoulos will prescribe any pain medication that may be necessary. You should expect your breasts to feel different after surgery, and this may take some time to get used to.
The staff at the Geoplasty Center will give you a detailed program to follow after surgery, and this will be important in ensuring a quick and healthy recovery from the procedure. You should stay in contact with us to ensure good management of your post-surgery care.
With all surgery there is the chance of unwanted side effects such as infection. There will be some pain and swelling after the procedure, and there is likely to be scarring and numbness around the surgery area. However, Dr. Georgopoulos will advise you on the best ways to or minimize the effects of a reconstruction procedure.
Oncoplasty at the Geoplasty Center
Dr. Georgopoulos is an expert in the field of oncoplasty and reconstructive procedures in general. He will consult with you in person at the Geoplasty Center. He will be able to help you make the choices that will lead to a successful outcome for you. Make an appointment to talk about your options and determine the procedure that will work best for you.