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Considering Surgery

When concerns over a mammogram or breast lump arise, or when patients are given a diagnosis of cancer, fear is the overwhelming emotion. There is a lot of information to be processed and numerous doctors may be involved. During this time we believe the most important element of your care is having an experienced and knowledgeable team who can lead you through this complex process.

The physicians at Prevail Breast Center and our care partners, have many years of experience and advanced training dealing exclusively with breast cancer and disease.  We understand the complexity and the nuances of the management of breast cancer. We work closely with other members of the breast cancer care team including radiologists, oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, plastic surgeons and others, assuring that you get the most complete and comprehensive coordinated care.

Not All Breast Cancer Requires a Mastectomy

Generally, after a lumpectomy the amount of breast tissue removed results in only a small indentation in the breast. Appearance and the size of the indentation depends upon breast size, individual patient, and the surgery performed but nearly all patients are completely happy with their outcomes.

Many women believe when diagnosed with breast cancer the best surgical option is to remove the entire breast (mastectomy). In the past, mastectomy was the norm but treatment advances now allow most women the choice between mastectomy and lumpectomy (a much less invasive surgery that spares the breast). If a mastectomy is required, breast reconstruction is nearly always performed at the same time (immediate reconstruction) and is coordinated between the breast surgeon and the plastic surgeon.

Scheduling Surgery

Nearly all of the surgeries performed (with the exception of reconstructive procedures following mastectomy) are same day procedures meaning patients typically come into the hospital, have the procedure, recover for about 1-2 hours and then are discharged home with oral pain medications. A follow up appointment with the breast surgeon is scheduled for five to seven days later. We have ample operative time and patients needing surgery are routinely scheduled within one week of diagnosis.

Waiting for Results

We understand how difficult it is to wait for answers during this time so to minimize anxiety for our patients our office policy is to, if at all possible, see new patients within 24 hours.  Often we are able to see patients the same day. Additionally, if necessary. we can coordinate same day visits with the oncologist or radiologist.

Biopsy and pathologic lab results are usually available within 24-48 hours after surgery. Occasionally, analysis of the tissue takes longer and final results may not be available for up to one week. Dr. Hebert generally calls you directly with the results as soon as they are ready.