Meridian's Breast Surgery Program provides treatment for a range of malignant and non-malignant conditions.

Purposes of surgery

  • Prevention: If you are at risk for developing cancer, preventive surgery may be the best option.
  • Diagnosis: During a biopsy, doctors will remove a small amount of tissue to determine whether or not you have cancer and perform a diagnosis.
  • Staging: Surgery allows your doctor to determine the size of your tumor and whether it has spread.
  • Treatment: Surgery may remove all or part of the tumor – benign or malignant. If the tumor proves to be malignant, the surgery may be used in combination with other treatments, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy.

Procedures Performed

In-Office Procedures

Hospital-Based Procedures

Axillary lymph node dissection

Based on the physical exam performed by the physician and other key indicators, the physician may recommend a axillary lymph node dissection. In this procedure, the surgeon will generally remove between five and thirty nodes. The number of involved lymph nodes strongly predicts the nature of the cancer and the kind of treatment needed to fight it which is what makes this procedure so important.

Sentinel lymph node biopsy

The sentinel lymph nodes are the first few lymph nodes to receive drainage from a tumor. That means that these lymph nodes are the first to which cancer cells would spread. The biopsy is performed to determine if there are tumor cells in the node. If the sentinel lymph node does not contain tumor cells then the disease has not likely spread to lymph nodes or other organs via the lymphatic system.

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