What Is Oncoplastic Surgery?

"Oncoplastic breast conservation surgery (OBCS) is becoming a routine part of breast cancer surgery," according to National Center for Biotechnology Information. Drs. Anke Ott Young, Mary Pronovost and Christine Hodyl of Constructive Plastic Surgery provide patients with oncoplastic surgery to preserve the appearance of their breast(s) after the removal of unhealthy breast tissue at their Trumbull, CT, and Garden City, NY, offices.

What is oncoplastic surgery?

Oncoplastic surgery combines plastic surgery with breast surgical oncology. This means Dr. Young sculpts the breast, realigning the nipple and areola to restore the breast aesthetically, after excising cancer or other abnormal tissue (lumpectomy).

A study consisting of 144 women who had undergone oncoplastic surgery revealed that most patients were satisfied with their breasts without contralateral breast surgery (removing a healthy breast in someone who has or had breast cancer in the other breast), according to World Journal of Surgical Oncology.

How to Get Oncoplastic Surgery

While many women can be great candidates for a lumpectomy and immediate breast reconstruction, you will need to consult your Trumbull and Garden City doctor. Drs. Young, Pronovost or Hodyl will first plan your lumpectomy and breast reconstruction to determine if they will need to operate on the breast that does not have cancer. This is because they want to make sure breasts are symmetrical.

So, how does it work?

Your doctor places pre-pectoral breast implants, an implant placed on top of the pectoral muscle, which makes the implant more comfortable (less muscle pulling or tightness)

The procedure is advantageous for many reasons, including avoiding multiple surgeries and removing the cancerous tumor(s). Oncoplastic surgery is crucial to a woman's physical health and emotional wellbeing because it improves a person's confidence.

Would you like to speak with a doctor?

If you have questions about oncoplastic surgery or the other breast reconstructive surgeries, you should contact Drs. Anke Ott Young, Mary Pronovost or Christine Hodyl of Constructive Plastic Surgery by calling either medical office, Trumbull, CT, or Garden City, NY, at (516) 742-3404.

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