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Breast Surgery

Breast treatment surgery in Anchorage, Alaska

Preventive and Diagnostic Care

At Far North Surgery, we have a team of efficient surgeons which is experienced in performing surgical treatment for breast reduction, benign breast tumors, and other abnormalities of the breast.

We also offer preventive care facilities and diagnostic biopsies for patients who are at a high risk of developing breast cancer.

Some of the procedures we offer for benign (non-cancerous) breast tumors include:

  • Breast reduction surgery
  • Preventive lumpectomy
  • Preventive mastectomy
  • Breast abscess surgery
  • Palliative breast surgery
  • Sentinel node biopsy

Surgery for Breast Cancer

Our experts have extensive experience in treating cancerous breast conditions such as:

  • Invasive breast cancer (ILC or IDC)
  • Inflammatory breast cancer
  • Metastatic tumors
  • Rare cancerous tumors

Reconstructive Surgery after Breast Cancer

If you are considering breast reconstructive surgery after undergoing a mastectomy, we have a team of breast reconstruction specialists who can guide you with their expertise in all the latest, innovative procedures available.

Whether you are contemplating a breast reconstruction surgery or if you already made the decision to have one, it is recommended that you consult with your surgeon.

Several factors might affect your decision to have a surgery, including:

  • The location and size of the cancer
  • Your overall health and medical history
  • The amount of tissue that has been removed from the breast

FAQs

Is there a link between breast cancer and consumption of dairy milk?

According to U.S dietary guidelines, women should ideally consume 2-3 cups of dairy foods, including milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, soymilk, and cheese daily. A recent study suggests that drinking dairy milk increases the risk of breast cancer by 50 percent. The study shows that the risk is similar for both low-fat and full-fat versions. However, experts point towards initial research conducted by the American Institute for Cancer Research, which found no apparent link between dairy milk or dairy products and breast cancer.

Dairy products are a great source of nutrients such as potassium, phosphorus, and calcium, which are otherwise difficult to consume via other sources. Calcium not only helps in dental and bone health but also plays a vital role when it comes to muscle repair. Other foods that are rich in calcium include leafy greens like kale, tofu, nuts, seeds, soybeans, and more.

How often should women do a breast self-exam?

It is recommended that you perform a breast self-exam at least once a month. For best results, it should be performed a week to ten days after the start of your menstrual period (when the breasts are not very tender).

While doing the self-check, changes to look out for include

  • redness or scales/flaky skin around the nipple/areola
  • changes in breast size, or presence of a lump
  • an inverted nipple
  • nipple discharge
  • dimpling of the breast
  • redness or flakiness of the breast skin

While it is normal to have lumpy breasts, if you feel a persistent lump in your breast or notice any of the symptoms mentioned above, see your doctor immediately. Although most of the lumps are generally benign, it is always better to get a check-up done.

Does breastfeeding lower the risk of breast cancer?

Besides giving your baby all the nutrients and nourishment it needs, breastfeeding can lower your risk of breast cancer. According to a report by the American Institute for Cancer Research, breastfeeding lowers the risk of premenopausal and post-menopausal breast cancer. The longer you breastfeed, the lower is your breast cancer risk. Ideally, women should breastfeed for at least six months to maximize the health benefits of breastfeeding.

What are some of the common breast problems?

Experiencing slight breast pain or tenderness is common and can be caused due to various reasons. One of the most common causes is hormonal changes that take place during the menstrual cycle. During menstruation, the changes in hormone levels have an impact on the breast tissues, leading to tenderness or swelling of the breast.

Cysts are another common breast problem in women aged 35-50. Cysts develop due to fluid getting trapped in the breast tissue and can be painful to touch. Although cysts are typically harmless, it is better to get them checked by your doctor. Similarly, fibroadenomas, which are firm, rubbery lumps of fibrous and glandular tissue, are quite common in women ages 20-40.

Some other breast problems to watch out for include nipple discharge, flaky, itchy nipples, nipple infection, and inverted nipples. Though nipple discharge is common, it is still recommended to see a doctor, especially if the discharge is watery or bloodstained.

What questions can I ask my doctor about breast cancer?

To get a better understanding of your cancer and the treatment options available, it is important to have an open, detailed discussion with your healthcare professional. This will help you make more informed decisions related to your treatment.

Here are some questions that can help get you started:

  • What type of breast cancer do I have, and what's the stage?
  • What is the size of the tumor, and where is it located?
  • Has the cancer spread to the lymph nodes or other organs yet?
  • Based on my cancer, what are my chances of survival?
  • What treatment options do I have?
  • How experienced are you in treating this type of cancer?
  • What treatment do you recommend? How soon do I need to start it?
  • What will the treatment be like, and how long will it last?
  • How can I prepare for the treatment?
  • What are the side effects of the treatment?
  • How will the treatment impact my daily activities? Can I still work?
  • What are the chances of the cancer recurring?

How much does a breast reduction surgery cost?

According to a 2019 statistics report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of breast reduction surgery is $5,475. However, this cost is exclusive of other expenses such as operating room facilities, anesthesia, etc. A consultation with your plastic surgeon will help you determine the final cost. The surgeon may base their fees on factors such as their experience, the clinic's location, and the type of procedure or treatment.

You may even want to check whether your health insurance plan covers breast reduction costs. However, your surgeon may need authorization for the surgery from your insurer.

How long does breast augmentation surgery last?

Breast augmentation surgery normally lasts between one to two hours and is performed under general anesthesia. To insert the breast implants, the surgeon makes surgical incisions under the arms and the breast. After the implants are inserted, the incisions are closed with sutures.

The recovery time is significantly longer. Patients are recommended to avoid any strenuous activities for two to three weeks post-surgery, which includes lifting heavy objects and working out. Typically, patients can return to their daily activities around eight weeks after the breast augmentation surgery.

Call us at 907-276-3676 to learn more about the latest treatment options for disorders of the endocrine system.

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