Oncoplastic Surgery New Jersey

Oncoplastic lumpectomy, also referred to as oncoplastic surgery, is a reconstructive procedure that combines traditional breast cancer surgery with the aesthetic advantages of plastic surgery. The goal is to remove cancer tissue while cushioning against the unwanted effects of the surgery in order to help patients heal both physically and emotionally. Plastic surgeons perform this procedure by removing the tumor along with a small amount of the surrounding breast tissue. Some of the nearby lymph nodes may also be removed before a bilateral breast lift or reduction is performed to make the patient’s breasts symmetrical.

Our plastic surgeons at New Jersey Breast Reconstruction Center have helped numerous breast cancer patients achieve a better cosmetic outcome with oncoplastic surgery. Our team specializes in a wide range of oncoplastic techniques to suit the needs and expectations of each breast cancer patient.

Benefits of Oncoplastic Lumpectomy

Compared to traditional breast reconstruction, oncoplastic reconstruction offers unique advantages:

  • The procedure is completed within a single surgical session.
  • Allows the breast surgeon to remove a greater amount of tissue, which can be particularly important in the case where the patient has larger tumors.
  • Gives the plastic surgeon an opportunity to address existing aesthetic issues such as sagging, asymmetry, excess skin, and very large breasts.
  • This treatment is performed before radiation therapy and thus helps prevent potential complications associated with exposing surgical wounds to radiation.
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Who Is Eligible for Oncoplastic Surgery?

Oncoplastic lumpectomy is a cutting-edge breast reconstruction technique that improves aesthetic outcomes following breast cancer treatment. You may be a good candidate for this procedure if:

  • You prefer to keep most of your natural breast tissue as opposed to having a mastectomy during cancer treatment.
  • You have existing aesthetic issues that may be addressed by oncoplastic reconstructive surgery. These include very large breasts that cause discomfort, sagging breast skin, or one breast that is bigger or positioned differently than the other.
  • You are okay with having smaller breasts if large amounts of tissue need to be removed.
  • You wish to avoid the traditional approach of mastectomy plus reconstruction, which involves complex surgery and often requires multiple procedures over time.

Our plastic surgeons understand that different patients have varying needs. During your initial consultation visit to New Jersey Breast Reconstruction Center, our surgeons will listen to your concerns and examine your breasts and body type before letting you know whether this procedure is for you. This process typically entails considering multiple factors such as where the cancer is located, your breast size relative to cancer, the nature of your skin, and the shape and symmetry of your breasts. Women who have small breasts or have undergone multiple lumpectomies before may not be eligible for the oncoplastic technique.

Oncoplastic Lumpectomy Techniques

Reconstructive surgeons can perform one of many different oncoplastic techniques based on the characteristics of the cancer, the patient’s health and body shape, and the desired outcome.

  • Local advancement flap – traditional reconstructive oncoplastic procedures entail removing the tumor and a small section of the surrounding tissue. In some cases, though, this could deform the breast. A local advancement flap is a technique that allows breast cancer surgeons to use tissue that remains after the tumor has been removed to reconstruct a natural breast appearance.
  • Bilateral breast reduction – in cases where lumpectomy is performed on only one breast, it disproportionately affects its shape and size. The bilateral breast reduction surgical technique addresses this issue by adjusting the size and shape of the secondary breast to achieve symmetry. In cases where the tumor removed is quite large, tissue from the other breast may be used to fill the gap.
  • Bilateral breast lift – also referred to as a mastectomy, this is a minimal form of the bilateral breast reduction technique. Plastic surgeons remove tissue from the other breast that is comparable to tissue that is removed in the cancer breast. This breast surgical technique makes sense for women who do not wish to significantly reduce the initial size of their breasts. It is important to note that following a bilateral breast lift, additional aesthetic procedures such as nipple relocation may be necessary in order to refine the result.
  • Skin sparing mastectomy – traditional lumpectomy is typically performed on women with early-stage breast cancer. Patients with advanced-stage cancer may need to undergo a mastectomy. In this case, your surgical oncologist and the plastic surgeon may choose to perform a skin-sparing mastectomy. This is a breast conservation therapy that allows surgeons to maintain the original shape and appearance of the patient’s breast.

Our specialists at New Jersey Breast Reconstruction Center are uniquely positioned to help you determine what breast conservation surgery technique is right for you.

Aftercare and Recovery

Following lumpectomy with breast reduction, patients usually have drains placed to remove excess fluid. You may also be required to wear a compression garment to reduce inflammation and support the treatment area. Whether you had a partial mastectomy, nipple-sparing mastectomy, or standard lumpectomies surgical options, our surgeons will provide precise aftercare instructions to ensure a smooth recovery. Pain medication will also be prescribed to help control the discomfort, along with antibiotics to prevent infection. Swelling and bruising are a normal part of the recovery process but typically dissipate within a few weeks. Our office at New Jersey Breast Reconstruction Center will be available throughout the recovery process to answer your questions and provide the support you need.

Schedule Your Consultation in New Jersey

At New Jersey Breast Reconstruction Center, we specialize in a variety of oncoplastic treatment options to suit the needs of different women. We understand the difficulty of a cancer diagnosis and treatment and handle each patient with the utmost compassion, respect, and an exceptional level of care. Our team will provide a pleasant breast reconstruction experience that results in a pleasant outcome. Get in touch with our office to schedule an initial consultation and learn more about oncoplastic lumpectomy.

FAQs

FAQ

Is oncoplastic surgery safe?

Oncoplastic breast reduction has been demonstrated by many clinical trials to be a safe procedure. This breast surgery does not affect healthy tissue and often makes radiation treatment easier for patients who have large sagging breasts. Research has proved that lumpectomy or partial lumpectomy that is combined with oncoplastic breast-conserving surgery has a lower chance of positive margins compared to procedures without oncoplastic breast surgery.

Is oncoplastic lumpectomy covered by insurance?

Like all other breast reconstruction surgical procedures, the oncoplastic approach is covered by health insurance plans. This is thanks to the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act of 1998. If a breast lift or reduction is required on the non-cancer breast, this is also covered by health insurance. This makes it possible for patients with breast cancer to take advantage of oncoplastic reduction and achieve breast symmetry without having to worry about the financial implications.

What are the possible risks of oncoplastic breast reconstruction?

Some of the possible risks of this surgical approach include pain, numbness, scarring, asymmetry, loss of nipple sensation, seroma, fat necrosis, and a partial or total loss of the nipple/areola. Women with breast cancer who undergo this technique may also be unable to breastfeed. Some more severe complications following this surgery include infection and bleeding. Working with seasoned, board-certified medical oncologists and plastic surgeons is the best safeguard patients can take to ensure a successful procedure outcome.