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Oncoplastic breast surgery is another term for breast conservation techniques that combine breast reconstruction techniques with tumor removal. Ultimately, our goal is that your breasts will be restored and you can avoid the breast distortion that accompanies breast cancer surgery and tumor removal.
To find out if this type of breast reconstruction surgery is right for you, please call Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery at 303-706-1100 to schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons.
What Is Oncoplastic Breast Surgery?
Breast conservation techniques are the combination of cancer surgery and surgery to reconstruct the breast. After cancer surgery, a woman can sometimes be devastated by the appearance of the breast. Oncoplastic breast surgery provides immediate reconstruction techniques to rebuild breast shape at the same time as breast tissue is being removed. This requires coordination between your general surgeon and plastic surgeon.
Even lumpectomy, which is a breast-conserving procedure, can leave a considerable deformity in the breast where the tumor and a margin of healthy tissue are removed. Breast reconstruction techniques such as a breast lift or reduction can be used at the time of lumpectomy so that the breast does not appear distorted by the tumor removal.
To create improved breast shape and symmetry between the breasts at the time of tumor removal, oncoplastic breast surgery may include:
These procedures are performed so that the breasts look the same. If the breast that received the lumpectomy is smaller as a result of the tumor removal, a breast lift or reduction can be performed on the other breast so that they look symmetrical. Or, a fat transfer after liposuction can be used to fill in the depression left by the lumpectomy.
Benefits of Oncoplastic Breast Reconstruction
Some of the advantages of oncoplastic breast surgery include:
- Positive feelings about breast appearance following cancer surgery
- Opposite breast will also be operated on to achieve symmetry
- Tumor removal and breast cancer reconstruction surgery is combined into a single procedure
Additionally, if you are receiving radiation therapy as part of your treatment, it can be beneficial to receive oncoplastic breast surgery prior to radiation. After radiation therapy, wounds do not heal as well, so any reconstruction surgery or surgery to repair the lumpectomy deformity runs the risk of improper wound healing. By having the breasts reshaped and reconstructed prior to radiation, you may be able to avoid these issues.
How Can I Prepare for My Oncoplastic Breast Surgery?
Preparing for your oncoplastic breast surgery ahead of time can ensure a complication-free procedure and recovery period. Before arriving at your appointment, consider doing the following:
- Consult with your primary doctor about adjusting or stopping any current medications that may interfere with the surgery
- Avoid taking any anti-inflammatory medications
- Quit smoking at least six weeks before your surgery
- Arrange transportation plans with a loved one
- Prepare your home, especially your bedroom, for comfort
- Avoid eating or drinking anything after midnight the night before your surgery.
Are There Any Risks with Oncoplastic Breast Surgery?
Although these risks are rare, just like any other surgical procedure, oncoplastic breast surgery can result in an increased risk for the following:
- Internal bleeding
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Changes in nipple sensation
- Breast pain
- Breastfeeding complications
- Nerve damage
What Is Recovery Like After Oncoplastic Breast Surgery?
Recovery time after an oncoplastic breast surgery will vary from patient to patient, depending on the rate of their progress. However, on average, most patients need up to four to six weeks to make a full recovery from their procedure.
During their recovery, patients should avoid strenuous activities such as high-intensity sports, lifting heavy objects, or rearranging furniture. Rest should be prioritized during your recovery period to allow for proper healing. Eating a balanced diet can also allow patients to get their energy back. It’s also important that arm movements above the shoulder are restricted for up to two weeks. Wearing the proper bras for the right period of time will help keep the breasts in place while healing.
As long as patients follow the after-care instructions as recommended by their board-certified surgeons, recovery can be a restful, complication-free period. After four to six weeks, most patients are able to return to work and their daily routines.
Schedule a Consultation at Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery
If you live in Denver, Lone Tree or the surrounding areas and want to learn what your options are for breast reconstruction and oncoplastic breast surgery, please contact Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery by calling 303-706-1100 or completing the online form to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced plastic surgeons.