Breast Surgery in the East Valley
Serving Tempe, Apache Junction, Gold Canyon, Casa Grande & Florence
Breast surgery is one of the most common surgical procedures in the country. It is a common component of breast cancer treatment as well as for benign reasons. Our surgeons have many years of experience performing breast surgeries in Arizona. We maintain a thorough knowledge of the latest techniques and technologies available to perform a successful operation.
Contact Surgical Professionals at (480) 892-2456 to schedule a consultation to discuss your options for breast surgery in Arizona. We provide surgical services at many hospitals in the East Valley, including hospitals in Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, and Queen Creek.
Who Needs Breast Surgery?
Patients who are currently receiving treatment for breast cancer and many other health conditions can benefit from breast surgery. Breast surgery can remove cancerous tissue, restore the shape of the breast, and help determine whether the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes and other tissues. Other procedures are performed for benign reasons such as breast abscesses, benign masses, and other problems.
Surgery can accomplish the following:
- Remove cancerous tissue
- Remove scar tissue
- Remove benign lesions if needed
- Drain breast abscesses
- Reshape the breast
Keep in mind that we do not do breast reconstruction or augmentation. We would be happy to refer you to a plastic surgeon for this.
Types of Breast Surgeries
Our surgical teams can perform a wide range of breast surgeries, including:
- Breast biopsies (lumpectomies)
- Breast removal with lymph node sampling for cancers
- Breast scar revision
- Portacath placement for chemotherapy medications if needed
If you are undergoing surgery for cancer, this is usually done as part of a collaborative effort with your oncologist as well. If reconstruction is desired either immediately after surgery or later, we may need to coordinate your surgery with a plastic surgeon, who would perform that portion of the procedure.
Risks of Breast Surgery
Our surgical team works to minimize the risks inherent in any surgical procedure. However, our teams cannot eliminate all risks, and patients should fully understand the risks prior to any operation.
Some of the risks associated with breast surgeries include but are not limited to:
- Discomfort and pain at the incision site
- Allergic reaction to anesthesia, antibiotics, or other administered medications
- Post-surgical infection
- Blood clots
- Loss of nipple or breast sensation
- Nerve injury that may be temporary or, in rare cases, permanent
- Skin flap breakdown or necrosis
- If extensive lymph node resection is needed, you may have problems with arm swelling that in rare cases can be severe
Prior to surgery, our team will thoroughly assess your health and identify risk factors that may result in complications. We encourage you to discuss your concerns with your surgeon and anesthesiologist before the procedure.
Recovering From Breast Surgery
Recovery from breast surgery depends on the type of surgery performed. For instance, recovery from a double mastectomy can take anywhere from four to six weeks. Conversely, recovery from a lumpectomy may take only a few days to a week.
Following the procedure, you will spend several hours in the post-op area recovering from the surgery. This allows the medical team to monitor your health as the anesthetic wears off. During this period, the medical team will monitor your blood pressure, heart rate, and other vital factors.
Schedule Breast Surgery in Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Queen Creek, and Surrounding Areas
If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer or require breast surgery for other reasons, our surgical professionals can provide you with the care and treatment you require. We encourage you to schedule a consultation with our general surgeons. We have decades of combined experience and can help you determine which surgical procedure will provide the greatest benefit for your health.
Our goal is to help you achieve the best outcome. If we do not believe that surgery is in your best interests, we will not hesitate to tell you.
Contact Surgical Professionals at (480) 892-2456 for more information about the surgical services we offer in the East Valley, including Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Queen Creek, and surrounding areas.
Please note that the above information is provided for general purposes only and may not apply to your specific situation. Our surgical capabilities may also be subject to change. Contact us to discuss your medical condition, determine the most appropriate treatment for your individual case, and confirm that we can address your procedure.
Breast Surgery Recovery FAQs
Pain and discomfort are common after breast surgery, both immediately after and during the healing process. Generally, your pain will not be excessive.
Your surgeon will prescribe pain medications and recommend arm exercises to control and alleviate these problems and encourage a healthy recovery.
We recommend that someone stay with you for at least the first 24 hours after surgery.
Recovery from breast surgeries can take some time, and you’ll face a combination of fatigue and difficulty using the adjacent arm or arms. Immediately after returning home, you’ll probably want friends or family to handle household chores, cooking, child care, shopping, etc.
Trust your body and your surgeon’s instructions as you regain your strength, and don’t risk taking on more than you can manage too soon.
Listen to your surgeon’s instructions, even if they seem a bit too restrictive.
Be alert to situations that could damage or open your sutures — that means putting yourself in situations in which you might fall or accidentally move quickly or intensely, bathing or showering immediately after surgery instead of using sponge baths, etc. Do not drive until you can engage in your normal range of motion without pain.
You’ll also want to keep up with any recommended exercises as instructed, even if they’re unpleasant, lest your body may heal incorrectly and potentially form scar tissue or become stiff.
Recovery will vary based on the surgery performed and your body’s healing process.
While most patients will be back to normal activities in days to weeks, depending on whether they have a lumpectomy or mastectomy, others may suffer chronic fatigue or face a slower recovery in the months following their procedure.
Your general health before your procedure and recovery-inhibiting habits, such as smoking, can significantly affect recovery time — but it all depends on your unique situation. Smoking, in particular, can interfere with healing and, in some cases, can even cause a healing wound to fail. Consult your surgeon to determine a likely recovery timeline.
We normally want you to follow up in the office two weeks or so after surgery.