Breast Surgery

Breast Surgery Specialist
Leading breast surgeon Judith Richmond, MD, FACS brings two decades of experience to her work in performing a full scope of medical breast surgeries at the Oregon Breast Center, from simple lumpectomies to complex mastectomies. Dr. Richmond's technical skill and compassionate bedside manner attract patients from throughout the greater Lake Oswego, Oregon area to her state-of-the-art practice.

Breast Surgery Q & A

by Judith Richmond, MD, FACS

How does a surgeon remove breast cancer?

You have two general types of breast surgeries for removing breast cancer growths. A breast-conserving surgery, known as a lumpectomy, means that Dr. Richmond removes the abnormal growths and a small amount of surrounding tissue.

The alternative surgery is a mastectomy. Usually this type of breast surgery is the absolute last resort, since Dr. Richmond has to remove your entire breast and some of the tissue behind it.

Can I choose which type of breast surgery I have?

Sometimes, depending on the type of breast cancer you have and whether or not it’s spreading. If you have early-stage breast cancer, Dr. Richmond may give you the option of choosing between a lumpectomy and a mastectomy.

Even if you don’t have a cancerous growth in your other breast, it’s possible that she may recommend having a double mastectomy to remove both breasts. Sometimes this is performed just as a precaution if Dr. Richmond finds that your risk of developing more cancerous growths is high.

What should I do to prepare for breast surgery?

Just as with any other surgery, plan to stop taking prescription medications, vitamins, and over-the-counter medications for several days beforehand. Our team lets you know which — if any — medication you can continue to take.

Make sure your home is full of groceries, pillows, reading material, and anything else you need to be as comfortable as possible after your procedure. It’s helpful to bring dishes and other items down to waist level and leave them out on your counter, so you don’t have to reach up high after surgery.

Have someone available to stay with you for at least a few days after surgery, especially if you’re going through a complex double mastectomy procedure. It’s always precautionary to have help for the first day or two while the anesthesia wears off. But you also need emotional support. Getting breast cancer removed isn’t anything you should have to go through all alone.

We book breast surgeries throughout the week. Give us a call and let us know when you’d like to be scheduled for breast surgery, or schedule your consultation online.

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