What is Oncoplastic Surgery?
Lumpectomy is a surgical treatment for breast cancer, which involves the removal of the tumour along with a margin of healthy tissue. This procedure sometimes results in a distorted breast that may not be aesthetically pleasing to the patient. Oncoplastic breast surgery is a procedure that combines breast cancer surgery and cosmetic surgery and involves reshaping the breast defect at the time of lumpectomy. Ideal candidates for oncoplastic breast surgery are those eligible for lumpectomy, mastopexy (breast lift) or breast reduction.
Oncoplastic Surgery Procedure
Oncoplastic breast surgery is performed on an inpatient basis. Dr Gordon-Thomson makes an incision around the nipple and areola area, from the nipple to the breast fold and along the breast fold. The cancerous breast tissue is removed, and Dr Gordon-Thomson will reshape the remaining breast tissue to shape the breast and reposition the nipple if required. If this procedure disrupts blood supply to the nipple, the nipple is removed and replaced after completion of the breast reduction or lift. Occasionally, it may be required to reshape or lift the healthy breast to ensure symmetry.
Postoperative Care Following Oncoplastic Surgery
Oncoplastic breast surgery allows you to have a more normal looking breast after the removal of the tumour and without the need for transplanted or artificial implants to correct the defect. Usually performed in an inpatient setting, the surgery involves faster recovery and less pain when compared to traditional reconstructive surgery. Revision surgery, which is usually required for breast implants may not be necessary. However, as with any procedure, oncoplastic breast surgery may involve certain risks and complications such as the inability to lactate and numbness in the nipple.