What is a breast reduction for breast cancer (therapeutic mammoplasty)?

Understanding Therapeutic Mammoplasty Therapeutic mammoplasty combines cancer surgery with breast reduction techniques to treat breast cancer while simultaneously improving the breast’s appearance. This approach allows for the removal of the cancerous tumor and a significant portion of surrounding tissue, followed by reshaping the remaining breast tissue into a smaller, more natural-looking breast. The Purpose of […]

Jan 25, 2023

Understanding Therapeutic Mammoplasty

Therapeutic mammoplasty combines cancer surgery with breast reduction techniques to treat breast cancer while simultaneously improving the breast’s appearance. This approach allows for the removal of the cancerous tumor and a significant portion of surrounding tissue, followed by reshaping the remaining breast tissue into a smaller, more natural-looking breast.

The Purpose of Therapeutic Mammoplasty

Why Choose This Approach?

Therapeutic mammoplasty is considered for several reasons:

  • To remove tumors that might otherwise require a mastectomy due to their size relative to the breast.
  • To offer a breast-conserving option for patients with larger breasts.
  • To improve cosmetic outcomes and symmetry in breast cancer surgery.

The Procedure Explained

What Happens During Therapeutic Mammoplasty?

The procedure involves the surgical removal of the tumor along with a margin of healthy tissue around it, aiming to ensure all cancerous cells are removed. Then, the surgeon reshapes the remaining tissue to give the breast a natural appearance. If only one breast is treated, a reduction or lift may be performed on the other breast for symmetry.

Recovery and Expectations

What to Expect After Surgery

Recovery from therapeutic mammoplasty varies from person to person. Patients typically experience bruising, swelling, and discomfort post-operation. Detailed care instructions will be provided by the healthcare team to support the healing process. Most patients can resume normal activities within a few weeks, although complete healing may take longer.

Risks and Considerations

Understanding the Potential Complications

As with any surgical procedure, therapeutic mammoplasty carries risks, including infection, changes in breast sensation, and complications related to anesthesia. There’s also the consideration of how the surgery might impact future cancer treatments, such as radiation therapy.

Choosing a Surgeon

Selecting a Qualified Medical Practitioner

Choosing a qualified and experienced surgeon is crucial. The surgeon should be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and have experience in both breast cancer surgery and reconstructive techniques. Discussing the surgeon’s qualifications, experience, and approach is an important part of the decision-making process.

Conclusion

Therapeutic mammoplasty offers a breast-conserving treatment option for patients with breast cancer, providing the dual benefits of cancer removal and cosmetic improvement. However, it’s important for patients to thoroughly discuss this option with their healthcare team, considering the benefits, risks, and personal health goals. Making an informed decision is key to achieving the best possible outcome for both cancer treatment and quality of life.

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