What Is Breast Conserving Surgery?When it comes to surgical options for treating breast cancer, the two main categories are breast-conserving surgery vs. mastectomy. To make an informed decision, you need to know the basics of each, how they compare in key areas like surgical candidates, and the pros and cons of each. We’ve included these details in the tables below for easy reference.
What Is a Mastectomy?If breast-conserving surgery aims to leave as much of the breast tissue as possible, mastectomy is the opposite. There are different degrees of mastectomy procedures, but they all involve the complete removal of breast tissue to eliminate or prevent breast cancer.
Breast-Conserving Surgery vs. MastectomyKnowing the basics of each procedure can help you decide if you are a better candidate for one surgery or another.
Choosing a Plastic Surgeon-Led Multidisciplinary Team When Considering Prophylactic MastectomyIf you have a genetic predisposition to breast cancer, such as BRCA, and are considering surgical options, your first instinct might be to discuss all treatment planning options with an breast surgical oncologist first, but having those discussions with a plastic surgeon can help you plan your treatment with the final outcomes in mind, giving you better aesthetic results and a more satisfying life after cancer. The decision for breast-conserving surgery vs. mastectomy should be made in consultation with a multidisciplinary team, including breast surgeons, oncologists, and plastic surgeons before any surgery takes place. The team of experts will consider all the factors involved in your treatment, including tumor size, location, type, patient preferences, and post-surgery goals. If you are considering breast-conserving surgery, then a plastic surgeon trained in oncoplastic surgical techniques can step in immediately after the tumor is removed to use breast reduction techniques that will reshape the breast into its new form.
Are You Deciding Between Breast-Conserving Surgery vs. Plastic Surgery?The experts at Harris Plastic Surgery are ready to help you evaluate all the options so you can make an informed decision about your treatment process. We believe all patients deserve to have the complete picture of what their breast cancer surgery and possible reconstruction will entail so they can feel confident in their choices and empowered for their future.
Stephen U. Harris, MD FACS
Dr. Stephen U. Harris is a board-certified cosmetic surgeon and recognized expert in breast reduction and reconstruction surgeries, having performed thousands in his career. When it comes to patient care, his philosophy is that every surgery should improve his patient’s overall quality of life, not just their appearance. Dr. Harris stays up-to-date on all the latest advancements in breast augmentation, reconstruction, and reduction and is a recognized innovator in the field. In fact, he was the first surgeon at Good Samaritan Hospital to offer primary prepectoral implant breast reconstruction, as well as secondary prepectoral revision surgery.
Dr. Harris also serves as Chief of Plastic Surgery at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip, New York and is an active staff surgeon (and former Chief of Plastic Surgery) at South Shore University Hospital in Bay Shore, New York.