Breast Surgery in Arlington, TX

What Is Breast Surgery?

Breast surgery encompasses a wide range of procedures performed to treat diseases, such as cancer, or reconstruct the breasts after cancer treatment. Procedures on the breasts can include the full or partial removal of the breasts, removal of benign breast lumps, reduction of breast size to assist with back pain and problems, or the placement of implants to restore breasts after treatment for cancer or injury. USMD Hospital at Arlington offers a comprehensive breast program to treat and reconstruct the breasts. If you have breast cancer, are at risk for breast cancer, or desire breast reconstruction after breast cancer surgery, talk with our team to learn more about our accredited breast surgery program.

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Who Are Candidates for Breast Surgery?

Candidates for breast surgery are typically breast cancer patients, those with a high risk for breast cancer that would like to reduce or eliminate their breast cancer risk, and individuals who have undergone breast surgery already and desire a reconstruction surgery. In some cases, breast reconstruction can be performed directly following a mastectomy so that a patient can have a reduced hospital stay and recovery timeframe. If you need breast surgery, your doctor can help you determine the best course of action for your unique needs.

What Breast Surgery Procedures Are Performed?

We offer a wide range of breast surgeries at USMD Hospital at Arlington. Some of the most commonly performed procedures are:

  • Full or Partial Mastectomy: This procedure removes breast tissue to either treat cancer or reduce a significantly high risk of cancer.
  • Lumpectomy: This procedure removes a tumor while preserving as much of the healthy breast tissue as possible.
  • Removal of Breast Lumps: Occasionally, a benign lump in the breast may need to be removed.
  • Breast Reduction: The size of the breast is decreased to alleviate back pain and problems.
  • Breast Reconstruction Surgery: This surgery aims to aesthetically restore the breasts following a mastectomy and can include implant procedures, flap reconstruction, areola and nipple reconstruction, and tissue expansion.
How long is the recovery process after breast surgery?
The length of time it takes to recover from breast surgery will depend on the type of procedure performed and a person’s overall health. Most procedures are outpatient, meaning you go home the same day as surgery and can return to normal activities about 2 weeks after your surgery. If you have undergone reconstructive surgery, you may stay in the hospital 1-2 nights and the recovery time is 4-6 weeks. Talk to your physician about what kind of bra to wear following surgery. It may take some time for a normal bra to feel comfortable.
How soon after breast surgery can you begin chemotherapy?
If you have breast cancer and require chemotherapy, then it is recommended that you begin this treatment within 30 days of your breast surgery. Beginning chemotherapy as soon as possible can significantly improve survival rates as well as decrease the chance of cancer metastasizing. It is important to discuss your treatment plan following surgery with your physician.
Can reconstructive breast surgery cause cancer to come back?
Reconstructive breast surgery has currently not been linked to a recurrence of breast cancer. In addition, the reconstructed breast should not inhibit the discovery of additional or recurrent cancer. All surgeries carry risks, and it is important to discuss the risks of reconstructive breast surgery with your surgeons prior to making a decision about whether or not the surgery is right for you.
Do I have to have breast reconstruction following a mastectomy?
Whether or not you choose to have breast reconstruction after your mastectomy is up to you. Some women choose to forgo reconstruction completely. In this case, wearing a prosthesis may be an option to help patients feel more comfortable in certain types of clothing and to feel more at ease with their bodies without the risks of additional surgery. You should discuss all your options, including options for reconstruction, with your physician and surgical team prior to making the best decision for you and your personal lifestyle.
Is breast surgery covered by insurance?
Breast surgery, including reconstructive surgery following mastectomy, may be covered by your health insurance policy. As a general rule, if a plan covers mastectomy, it is required by federal law to also cover reconstructive surgery. You are encouraged to contact your insurance carrier to review your coverage so that you can fully understand your benefits. If you are in need of breast surgery in DFW or require further assistance, please visit the USMD Hospital at Arlington physician directory.

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