Clinic: Hazmieh- Mar Roukoz Street- Khoury building - 1st floor
Bellevue Medical Center – Mansourieh
Saint Joseph Hospital – Dora
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Conservative treatment in breast surgical oncology (oncoplastic surgery and sentinel lymph node biopsy)
We practice these oncological surgeries to preserve as much as possible the breast shape and the functionality of your arm, avoiding mastectomy (surgical removal of the breast) and lymphedema (swelling in the arm after removal of many lymph nodes).
The main objective of oncoplastic surgery is to provide a treatment as effective as mastectomy, but with the added benefit of a preserved breast. When a large lumpectomy is required that will leave the breast distorted, the remaining tissue is sculpted to realign the nipple and areola and restore a natural appearance to the breast shape
Oncoplastic surgery is a new concept. It combines breast conservative treatment with plastic surgery techniques for a better cosmetic outcome. It allows wider excision of the tumor and at the same time the preservation of symmetry by immediate reconstruction. It has both oncological and psychological benefits.
Sentinel lymph node biopsy:
Sentinel node biopsy is a surgical procedure used to determine if cancer has spread beyond a primary tumor into your lymphatic system.
The sentinel nodes are the first few lymph nodes into which a tumor drains. Sentinel node biopsy involves injecting a tracer material (weak radioactive solution and blue dye) that helps the surgeon locate the sentinel nodes during surgery. The sentinel nodes are removed and analyzed by a pathologist during your procedure. If the sentinel nodes are free of cancer, then cancer isn't likely to have spread and removing additional lymph nodes is unnecessary. If, after sentinel node biopsy, evaluation of the sentinel nodes reveals cancer, then you'll likely need additional lymph nodes removed to determine how far the cancer has spread.
Sentinel node biopsy is generally a safe procedure. Although lymphedema (swelling in the arm) is an unlikely complication of sentinel node biopsy, one of the main reasons sentinel node biopsy was developed was to decrease the chance of developing lymphedema, which is more likely to occur with the standard axillary lymphadenectomy technique, where many lymph nodes are removed. Because only a few lymph nodes are removed, the risk of lymphedema following sentinel node biopsy is very small. Dozens of other lymph nodes will remain in the axilla where the sentinel node biopsy is done. In most cases, those remaining lymph nodes can effectively process the lymph fluid.
Recovery: oncoplastic surgery and sentinel lymph node biopsy may be outpatient or possibly require one night in the hospital. Recovery time is six weeks, but most people usually feel better and are able to return to work in three to four weeks.