Oncoplastic Breast Surgery in Mumbai
Breast cancer surgery typically entails the partial or complete removal of the breast. This decision to save or conserve the breast is based on the tumour size, number of tumours, location of the tumours, and ultimately on the patient’s willingness to conserve the breasts.
A mastectomy is a medical term for removal of the whole breast. Breast reconstruction can be performed following a mastectomy to lessen the psychological impact of the surgery and can help a woman regain confidence.
Whole Breast reconstruction can be done immediately following mastectomy (immediate reconstruction) or months or years later (delayed reconstruction). Breast reconstruction is a very personal decision.
A lumpectomy is the surgical removal of a breast section containing a smaller lump or tumor. Post lumpectomy breast reconstruction aims to reform or reshape one or both breasts and is called partial breast reconstruction.
Dr. Garvit Chitkara, a highly qualified and skilled oncoplastic breast surgeon in Mumbai, specializes in partial breast reconstruction, also called oncoplasty or oncoplastic breast surgery. He strives to provide excellent outcomes for the best oncoplastic breast surgery in Mumbai.
Being a seasoned breast cancer surgeon in Mumbai, Dr. Garvit Chitkara uses cutting-edge technology and international standard protocols to ensure comprehensive breast cancer care. He takes a multidisciplinary approach to determine an individualized plan for oncoplastic breast surgery in Mumbai, focusing on patients’ wellness and speedy recovery.
We understand how difficult it can be to decide to have oncoplastic breast surgery in Mumbai and then deal with the recovery process. With this in mind, Dr. Garvit Chitkara and his team will be with you to ease your concerns and assist you in recovering from surgery.
In this article, we will discuss oncoplastic breast surgery, its procedure, its advantages, and its associated risks.
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Overview of Oncoplastic Breast Surgery
The goal of breast conservation surgery is the complete removal of cancer with adequate surgical margins. But sometimes, the defect left behind after the complete removal of the tumor can be large and alter the cosmetic outcome.
This limitation of breast conservation surgery can be overcome by either displacing the existing breast tissue (displacement oncoplasty) or replacing the lost tissue (replacement oncoplasty) with tissue from another area close to the breast. These are called partial breast reconstruction techniques.
What are the Advantages of Oncoplastic Breast Surgery?
The aim of incorporating oncoplasty in breast conservation surgery is to excise the tumor with margins entirely while maintaining the shape and symmetry of the breast and the added advantage of having both procedures done in one operation.
Oncoplastic surgery is a select category of breast cancer patients who would have otherwise undergone a mastectomy (complete removal of the affected breast) to have breast conservation surgery.
What does Oncoplasty comprise?
- Volume displacement surgeries are techniques that require loosening mobilising the nearby tissue from the same breast (displacement) to fill in the defect left behind.
- At the same time, volume replacement surgeries require flaps of tissue near the breast (sides of the breast or below the breast) or from the back to replace the lost tissue in the breast.
- It is also possible to perform a contralateral (opposite) breast reduction or symmetrization surgery when necessary to match the operated side.
- Breast cancer patients with sagging breasts who wish to reduce their breast size can undergo bilateral breast reduction surgery along with breast conservation surgery on the affected side.
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What is Partial Breast Reconstruction / Oncoplasty?
Partial breast reconstruction, also called oncoplastic breast surgery, is a relatively new yet integral part of breast conservation surgeries. It helps maintain the breast’s cosmetic shape, facilitates an aesthetic outcome, and preserves as much of the existing breast tissue as possible.
Is it safe?
Strong evidence indicates that oncoplastic breast surgery provides a wider margin and better cosmetic results. Hence it is entirely safe.
There are various techniques of oncoplasty based on the size and shape of the breast, the relative size of the tumor, and the location of the tumor in your breast.
What are the Risks and Complications Associated with Oncoplastic Breast Surgery?
- Infection at the site of surgery.
- Discomfort and pain.
- Tingling or numbness.
- Blood clots.
- Fluid accumulation under the incision site.
- Asymmetrical appearance of breasts in size or shape.
- Bruising or scarring around the breast reconstruction site.
Breast reconstruction is a very personal decision. If you decide to have oncoplastic breast surgery in Mumbai, consult Dr. Garvit Chitkara about the best suitable technique for you.
Be truthful and open about your objectives, lifestyle, and desired appearance. During your recovery, follow your doctor’s instructions. Call them immediately if you have severe pain or signs of infection.
The procedure’s preparation, including anesthesia, could take up to two hours. The reconstruction will take between 2 to 5 hours.
You will spend about 2 to 3 hours recovering after the surgery before being transferred to the hospital room.
If you have any of the following symptoms, contact your doctor right away:
- Infection symptoms, such as fever.
- Severe or worsening pain that does not improve with medication.
- Bleeding or pus (fluid) discharge from the incisions.
- Color changes on the breast or near the surgical site.
You should avoid lifting, exercising, or engaging in strenuous activities for some time to allow your body to heal.
Everyone recovers differently from surgery. Several factors determine your recovery time. These include your overall health and the type of procedure you underwent.
After reconstructive surgery, whether or not to wear a bra is primarily a matter of preference. But many women decide to do this to support their new breasts and possibly prevent future sagging.