Breast Surgery

When undergoing breast surgery, you need a team you can trust. Our specialty-trained surgeons at Hattiesburg Clinic offer the latest advancements in the treatment of breast cancer.

Breast Surgery Overview

If you have breast cancer and are faced with surgery as part of your breast cancer treatment, the surgeons at Hattiesburg Clinic are here to help. We provide leading-edge breast cancer surgery and perform thousands of lumpectomy and mastectomy procedures each year. We are committed to helping our patients achieve the best possible outcomes no matter which procedure they have. Our compassionate team has extensive experience and expertise in all types of breast cancer surgery and is here to guide you through the right choice for your individual situation.

Understanding Breast Cancer

While breast surgery is used on occasion to remove noncancerous breast lumps, it is primarily used as part of treatment for breast cancer. One in eight American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime.

Because many breast cancers today are detected in an early stage due to routine screenings such as mammography, they are often treated using surgery to remove the cancerous tissue. Depending on the stage of cancer and specific type of breast cancer, surgery may be used as a standalone treatment or in combination with other therapies such as radiation therapy, chemotherapy or immunotherapy.

With early detection and treatment, breast cancer is very survivable. The five-year survival rate for invasive breast cancer is 91 percent, while the 10-year survival rate is 85 percent.

How Breast Surgery Works

If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, breast surgery may be recommended to remove the cancerous tissue. There are multiple types of breast surgery, and the type that is best for you will depend on a number of factors, including the size of the tumor and whether the cancer has spread.

The two types of breast cancer surgery are lumpectomy and mastectomy:

  • Lumpectomy, also known as breast-conserving surgery, is a procedure to remove cancerous tissue along with a small amount of surrounding tissue, known as the margin. This type of breast cancer surgery is used for women in the earliest stages of breast cancer, when cancer has not spread.
  • Mastectomy is a procedure in which the entire breast containing cancer is removed. When both breasts are removed, the procedure is known as a double mastectomy.

During breast cancer surgery, one or more nearby lymph nodes in the underarm—known as axillary lymph nodes—are often also removed. The lymph nodes are then tested to determine if breast cancer has spread and whether additional treatment may be needed. If it is determined during the surgical procedure that the lymph nodes are cancerous, they will also be removed.

In many cases, women choose to pair breast cancer surgery with breast reconstruction. This can be done at the same time as breast cancer surgery, which is called immediate reconstruction, or at a later time, which is called delayed reconstruction.

Surgeons at Hattiesburg Clinic have experience and expertise in performing both breast cancer surgery and reconstruction. This gives patients a seamless experience, with one provider for both types of surgery.

Choose Hattiesburg Clinic

If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, you can rely on the team of board-certified surgeons at Hattiesburg Clinic. We will work in close collaboration with your oncologist and other members of your care team to help you determine the best type of breast surgery for your needs.

Our surgeons are specialty-trained in breast surgery and committed to providing our patients with the latest advancements in the treatment of breast cancer.

Hattiesburg, MS
Hattiesburg Clinic - Main
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Hattiesburg, MS 39401
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