About Mastectomy & Lumpectomy Breast Cancer Surgery
Board-certified Chesapeake surgeon Dr. Surya Challa is proud to offer comprehensive medical and surgical solutions for the treatment of breast cancer in Hampton Roads. Though Dr. Challa works with the Tumor Board at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center and has performed over 350 breast cancer surgeries, it is not just state-of-the-art surgical solutions that we offer – it’s also extensive support and a dedicated network of resources. We liaison with a dedicated breast cancer center to provide thorough and compassionate care.
Chesapeake Vein Center & Med Spa offers genetic testing for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations when applicable, allowing our Chesapeake, VA patients to know their risk factors for developing breast cancer as soon as possible.
Lumpectomy surgery (also referred to as breast conserving surgery) involves the removal of the cancerous tumor as well as a small amount of tissue around the tumor itself and/or lymph nodes. Because only the tumor and surrounding tissue are removed during a lumpectomy, Dr. Challa is able to keep as much of the breast tissue in tact as possible. Following this procedure, Dr. Challa also utilizes cosmetic closures, which minimize scarring and promote healing.
A mastectomy involves the removal of all breast tissue to treat or prevent breast cancer. During this surgery, Dr. Challa may employ the “nipple sparing technique.” Using this technique, Dr. Challa is able to preserve the nipple and surrounding tissues for use in breast reconstruction surgery, though it is only possible when this tissue is cancer-free. Working with a plastic surgeon experienced in breast reconstruction, a complete surgical solution is offered if appropriate.
Depending on the stage of our patient’s breast cancer, Dr. Challa may also perform an axillary sentinel lymph node biopsy (removal of lymph nodes under and around the breast) at the same time as breast cancer surgery. Dr. Challa utilizes the latest advancements of radiotracer and dye based sentinel lymph node biopsies, which often allow for smaller incisions and minimize removal of non-cancerous tissue.
Dr. Challa also frequently utilizes post-operative pain pumps, a type of postsurgical anesthesia, to minimize discomfort and pain following breast cancer surgery. Here at Chesapeake Vein Center & MedSpa, your total breast health is our goal.
To learn more, we urge you to schedule your appointment today.